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Charlie likes the National Council on Teacher Quality. But what’s to like?

August 3, 2011

Scrolling down my Facebook posts today I noticed that IEA Communications Director, Charlie McBarron likes the National Council on Teacher Quality.

Now, I know how Facebook works. You only get to like things. It’s a friendly kind of place that way. The fact that you like something doesn’t really mean you really like it.

If you want to receive posts from  the NCTQ,  you have to like it. Even if you think they are a bunch of teacher union haters. Which they are.

For example, go to their website and explore their discussion reports on unions and you will find a series of reports that target tenure, seniority, last-in, first-out practices and the concept of collective bargaining.

Go to their staff list and you will find a bunch of Teach for America alums.

Once you get to their funders, you won’t find anything surprising by this point.

Then you get to the advisory board.

Michael Feinberg, founder of KIPP.  Eric Hanushek of the right-wing Hoover Institute. Fred Hess of the neo-conservative American Enterprise Institute. E.D. Hirsch. Wendy Kopp of Teach for America. Michelle Rhee of StudentsFirst.

No union person.

Oh wait. Yes there is!

IEA Executive Director Audrey Soglin. The only union person.

This is what I mean when I say that the IEA’s sitting at the table approach sometimes feels like we have the attorney for the other side sitting at our side’s table.

Maybe Charlie doesn’t Facebook like the NCTQ. Maybe he really likes it.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Jerry permalink
    August 3, 2011 8:46 pm

    I’ve come to the realization that the one of the worst things to happen to IEA was the decision to make Jo Anderson Executive Director, whose eventual departure paved the way for Audrey Soglin and her “reform” minded thinking.

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