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Big Ed meets Big Labor in Denver

By John Published: February 16, 2011

The president's education chief, Arne Duncan,  is meeting with school administrators and teachers' union officials in Denver this week (read Duncan's speech here). Akron superintendent David James and Akron Education Association president Jeff Moats are among the attendees. Coventry's superintendent Russell Chaboudy, board president  Tina Gable and union president Joanne English also  are in Denver. Ohio sent officials from 13 districts from around the state.  The event was by invitation only and districts had to be participating in President Obama's Race to the Top school reform program.

The Washington Post's story is here and mentions the Akron delegation.

David James, superintendent in Akron, Ohio, and Akron's local union president, Jeff Moats, said they were looking to improve evaluations. But they said they disagreed with each other on the merits of seniority protections in times of layoffs.

Asked about Obama, Moats recalled a speech last year in which the president expressed support for a Rhode Island school board that had voted to fire teachers at a struggling school. Subsequently, the Central Falls High firings were rescinded. But he and others here said Obama's words still rankled.

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