Formal Testimony and Comment

Testimony to the Commission on Effective Teachers and Teaching of the National Education Association

March 21, 2011 - 3:49pm

Richard Lemons
Vice President for K-12 Policy and Practice
The Education Trust

Testimony to the Commission on Effective Teachers and Teaching of the
National Education Association
February 10, 2010


If you will humor me, I thought it useful to anchor my comments within a set of personal experiences dating back some  20 years when I first entered the teaching profession.

Letter to Senate HELP Committee on ESEA Reauthorization

May 7, 2010 - 12:02pm

Read the letter to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The document contains sections on Accountability for Results, Standards and Assessments, Ensuring Equitable Access to Effective Teachers and Leaders, Turning Around Our Lowest Performing Schools, Funding Fairness, Instructional Supports for Teachers, and Public Information and Reporting.

Written Testimony: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

March 6, 2007 - 9:40am

Others on this panel will talk with you today about the pressing need to dramatically increase the effectiveness of America’s teaching force. I could not agree more. For the record, though, I want to emphasize that much more is at stake than simply meeting the goals and timelines of No Child Left Behind.


United States House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor

September 10, 2007 - 9:19am

Mr. Chairman, Mr. McKeon, and Members of the Committee, thank you for providing me with the opportunity to testify before you this morning on the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act, in particular about the teacher quality provisions.

This Committee has shown great leadership not only in confronting the achievement gap in our public schools, but also in recognizing that improving the quality of teaching at high-poverty and high-minority schools is the most effective gap-closing strategy.

Testimony of Linda Murray, Acting Executive Director, The Education Trust–West, to House Education and Labor Committee Hearing on Teacher Quality and Distribution

September 30, 2009 (All day)

Chairman Miller, members of the committee: Thank you very much for providing me with the opportunity to talk with you this morning  about the importance of strong teaching  to our  effort to boost student achievement and close achievement gaps.