State news roundup for September 1, 2012


Colorado – New CEA president looks to take ownership of reform

Amid continuing education upheaval and shifting definitions of everything from school finance to testing to teacher evaluation, Kerrie Dallman [ed note: pictured above] begins her term leading the state’s largest teachers union not by working to resist change but to shape it.

“I actually believe that (unions) have to take ownership of reform,” said Dallman, recently elected president of the Colorado Education Association. “We can’t just say no. If we don’t like something, we have to propose alternatives. We’ve got to put kids front and center.”

Dallman brings a reputation for collaboration that strikes a welcome chord with reformers as well as an emphasis on bolstering investment in public education and professional standards that appeals to her membership.

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Illinois – Teacher of the Year featured in new radio ad

A social studies/language arts teacher at Naperville’s Lincoln Junior High School is featured in a new back-to-school radio ad created by the Illinois Education Association (IEA).

The teacher is Josh Stumpenhorst, the 2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year.

“Josh personifies what IEA members are all about,” said IEA President Cinda Klickna.

“He’s a hard-working teacher who cares deeply about his students and is dedicated to their success. We couldn’t ask for a better representative of our profession,” she added.

In the radio ad, Stumpenhorst says IEA “supports quality educators, fights for our schools and holds politicians accountable.” Listen to the new IEA radio ad

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Ohio – Labor Day curriculum resources

Labor Day honors the American worker and acknowledges the value and dignity of work and its role in American life. The first Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882, in New York. Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday. Here are some Labor Resources to help you and your students learn more about our working men and women.

Visit to check out all the resources, including background information, fact sheets and lesson ideas.

Massachusetts – Summer issue of MTA Today now online

Members involved in the MTA’s grassroots political efforts are committed to helping pro-education candidates achieve victory in both the primary on September 6 and the general election, which follows two months later. Representatives of the association’s Legislative and Political Action Teams showed their enthusiasm during a photo session with local political action leaders and some of the staff members working on the campaign after spending several days honing their plans and skills during the MTA’s recent Summer Conference in Williamstown. A story on their efforts begins on page 7, and photos of the conference appear on page 8.

A primary election guide is also featured in this edition of MTA Today[Member Log In Required]

Meanwhile, MTA President Paul Toner and Vice President Tim Sullivan are prepared to lead the association through the challenges that will arise in the days ahead. They discuss their second-term priorities in a Q&A that begins on page 3.

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