Secretary Duncan and National Education Leaders Discuss the Future of Labor-Management Collaboration on Press Call

Yesterday in a call with reporters, Secretary Arne Duncan and leaders from national education organizations reflected on ideas discussed at the labor-management conference in Denver this week. Listen to the call Audio icon.

Participants in the call included:

  • Arne Duncan, Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
  • Anne L. Bryant, Executive Director, National School Boards Association
  • Michael Casserly, Executive Director, Council of the Great City Schools
  • George H. Cohen, Director, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
  • Daniel A. Domenech, Executive Director, American Association of School Administrators
  • Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association
  • Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers
  • Darren Walker, Vice President, Ford Foundation

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  1. The conference was exhausting but worth every minute of my energy. I am hopeful that our district leaders got the sense from all presenting school districts that success will only be had if communication is clear, honest and consistent among all groups; no one ever feels that something is being done to them- rather a problem is put out on the table and all parties work together to find a solution, parties understand that respect does not come automatically because you have a title; it needs to be earned by being an agent for the aforementioned things. Finally, all the presenting districts emphasized trust. Trust is not automatic either; it can only occur if all parties operate with integrity and caring at all times. I do find it troublesome that schools that function at a high level have no ability to opt out of the strong arm tactics of our government’s education department. The unfunded mandates cause undo duress on the health of healthy districts. Local control has been disregarded by the centralized government. I find that objectionable. Nonetheless, meeting and sharing in Denver was a wonderful thing.

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