Arne Duncan plans visit to praise Hillsborough's collaboration with teachers union
TAMPA -- Hillsborough's stock continues to rise in national education reform circles.
On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan plans a visit to highlight "the collaboration and progressive labor agreement" between the district and its teachers' union, the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association. He will be accompanied by the presidents of both national unions, Dennis Van Roekel of the National Education Association and Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers.
Those unions have gotten criticized for supposedly opposing reforms that toughen tenure standards, use value-added measures, or tie teacher pay to student test scores. But as we've reported, both Van Roekel and Weingarten have backed Hillsborough's plans to use those very same approaches as part of its seven-year partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Duncan plans to hold a 10:30 a.m. forum at the Rampello Downtown Partnership School with teachers, administrators and union officials. The Gradebook will be there, too, with live updates from the forum and a Duncan press conference afterwards. Got any burning questions you'd like to ask the Secretary of Education?