Dustin Parsons, 5th grade teacher at Pine Haven Elementary in Arkansas and NEA member, spoke at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, July 26.
As the First Lady of Arkanasas, Hillary Clinton chaired the state’s education standards commission. She put the schools she visited to what she called “The Chelsea Test.” If it wasn’t good enough for her daughter, it wasn’t good enough for any child in America.
She played a major role in shaping the state’s education policy and improving standards at schools like the one I went to. When she started in Arkansas schools, we were ranked second worst in the nation. By the time she was done, they were among the most improved.
Now as a teacher in those same public schools I know my students continue to benefit from the work Hillary started all those years ago.