Tired of listening to Duncan and Rhee?

Here’s a chance to hear from some smart, thoughtful, educated people about how to reform our schools:

An invitation from FairTest’s Monty Neill:

Forum on Educational Accountability

Join Us for a Free Webinar!

Overhauling ESEA to Improve Public Schools: FEA’s Reauthorization Proposals

When: May 9, 2011, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm (EDT)

Main Link: (See more information about logging on by computer or phone below)

What:  A frank discussion of the unintended consequences of the current No Child Left Behind Act and presentation of the Forum on Educational Accountability (FEA) recommendations to shift the focus of the federal law from penalties and compliance to a more meaningful framework for supporting improved learning and stronger school and district performance. Panelists will address key areas for ESEA reauthorization, including assessment, accountability, school improvement and opportunity to learn. Following the presentations, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss desired outcomes and challenges. FEA recommendations are here.

Featured Speakers:

Reggie Felton, Director for Federal Relations, National School Boards Association

Molly A. Hunter, Esq., Director of Education Justice, Education Law Center

Monty Neill, Ed.D., Executive Director, FairTest; Chair, FEA

Gary M. Ratner, Esq., Executive Director, Citizens for Effective Schools, and Chair, FEA Committee on School Improvement and Capacity-building

Moderator: Mary Kusler, Manager of Federal Advocacy, Governmental Relations, National Education Association

FEA:   FEA carries forward the ideas presented in the Joint Organizational Statement on No Child Left Behind, signed by 154 national education, civil rights, religious, disability, parent and civic groups, including National School Boards Association, American Association of School Administrators, Council for Exceptional Children, Learning Disabilities Association of America, National PTA, National Council of Churches, National Urban League, Public Education Network, National Education Association, American Library Association, and more.

More information on how to participate in the “Overhaul ESEA” Webinar online or by telephone:


To join the online meeting (Now from iPhones too!


1. Go to https://premconf.webex.com/premconf/j.php?ED=145579622&UID=1157813012&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

2. Enter your name and email address.

3. Enter the meeting password: (This meeting does not require a password.)

4. Click “Join Now”.

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Julie Woestehoff is PURE's executive director. Julie's work has earned her a Ford Foundation award and recognition as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Chicago.