Formal Testimony and Comment

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

Date: 
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.

Kati Haycock Delivers Testimony on ESEA Reauthorization to U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce

Date: 
March 1, 2011 - 3:50pm - March 1, 2012 - 3:50pm

Chairman Kline, Ranking Member Miller, and Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify before you this morning on the role of the federal government in education and its impact on states, districts, and schools.

In his address to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last month, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels aptly captured the historic federal role in education when he said, “Our first thought is always for those on life’s first rung, and how we might increase their chances of climbing.”

Indeed, from the first iteration of the Elementary a

Read Why Congress Should Amend the Keep Our Educators Working Act

Date: 
May 13, 2010 - 10:46am

Six Reasons the Keep Our EducatorsWorking Act Should be Amended to Require States Receiving Funds to End Seniority-Only Teacher-Layoff Policies

Letter to Senate HELP Committee on ESEA Reauthorization

Date: 
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.

Letter Urging Amendments to Keep Our Educators Working Act

Date: 
May 13, 2010 - 5:33pm

Read the letter from Ed Trust and other reform advocates urging Congress to ensure the act's funds are used only to save educators' jobs, not pad states' rainy-day funds. 

Letter in Support of ESEA Fiscal Fairness Act

Date: 
April 30, 2010 - 10:07am

Read the letter to Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) from Ed Trust and other groups in support of closing the comparability loophole in Title I.

Reauthorization of the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

Date: 
April 13, 2010 - 12:30pm

Read the Ed Trust letter to the chair and ranking member of the House Committee on Science and Technology urging the committee to retain strong incentives for scholarship recipients to teach in high-needs schools.

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

Date: 
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.

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United States House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor

Date: 
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 Kati Haycock, President, The Education Trust Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness

Date: 
May 20, 2003 - 10:16am

Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee, thank you for this opportunity to testify before you today on the number one ingredient of high achievement: quality teachers.  This Committee has already exhibited great leadership in the effort to improve teacher quality by including important new teacher-related provisions in the Higher Education Act of 1998 and, more recently, by including expansive teacher-related provisions in No Child Left Behind.  These were very important first steps. 

My purpose here this afternoon is to remind you why this subject should remain high on your agenda as you reauthorize the Higher Education Act and to suggest some ways in which you might build on the momentum you created in the earlier laws.