June 29, 2012

Statement of Educators 4 Excellence Executive Director Ama Nyamekye on Today's Court of Appeals Decision to Reverse Reed v. State of California

For Immediate Release

“This decision flies in the face of common sense and what’s best for our most vulnerable school children. Reed protected thousands of students from losing excellent teachers.  We can't continue to make layoff decisions based solely on seniority and ignore teachers’ performance in the classroom. This decision sends a clear signal that the future of these students is not the focus of our system. As we have in the past, our members will be loud voices in the fight to keep the Reed decision intact.”

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For far too long, education policy has been created without a critical voice at the table – the voice of classroom teachers. Educators 4 Excellence (E4E), a teacher-led organization, is changing this dynamic by placing the voices of teachers at the forefront of the conversations that shape our classrooms and careers. With a quickly growing national network of over3,500 educators united by the E4E Declaration of Teachers’ Principles and Beliefs, E4E teachers can learn about education policy and research, network at E4E’s event series with like-minded colleagues and important education policymakers, and take action by advocating for teacher-created policy recommendations that lift student achievement and the teaching profession.  For more information, please visit www.educators4excellence.org.

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