April 26, 1995
Ralph J. Flynn, 60, executive director of the California Teachers Assn. since 1976. A native of Boston, Flynn taught briefly in Connecticut before beginning his career in teachers unions. He served as executive director of the San Francisco Classroom Teachers Assn. in the 1960s and then worked in Washington, heading the Coalition of Public Employees, an alliance that included the National Education Assn. Flynn joined the California Teachers Assn. in 1975 and was named director a year later.
July 6, 1986 |
The National Education Assn., linking the national deficit to high school dropouts, announced plans Friday to cut America's high school dropout rate in half by 1990. The program calls for the support of local programs and the launching of an extensive media campaign.
July 5, 1997 |
The nation's largest teachers union renewed its support of affirmative action in the midst of congressional and legal challenges, including a pivotal Supreme Court case involving schools. Delegates at the National Education Assn.'s annual assembly agreed to urge unions to endorse preferential hiring of women and minorities in education. Congressional Republicans are pushing legislation that would remove race and gender criteria from federal employment, contracting and other programs.
July 8, 1991 |
Teachers at their annual union convention in Miami Beach voted to oppose any standardized national tests for students, a goal sought by President Bush. The National Education Assn. feels the testing homogenizes the students and would be "contrary to the diverse interests and needs of children," according to the resolution passed by delegates in a voice vote. The President's Education Policy Advisory Committee had proposed national standards and tests to measure student performance.
July 3, 1985 |
The nation's biggest teachers' union, saying the Reagan Administration is moving too slowly, announced plans today to determine for itself the extent of cancer-causing asbestos in public schools. The National Education Assn. said it will conduct a survey this summer and use the results to pressure local governments to remove the hazard and to push the government to pay for the bulk of the estimated $3-billion job.
October 14, 1996 |
The nation's largest teachers union is launching a television series, "School Stories," to counter negative views of public schools and give viewers a front-row seat in classrooms that work. There is a hunger for information about what is going on in the classroom, said Barby Halstead-Worrell, in charge of the series for the 2.2-million member National Education Assn. The series will show how educators help students perform better.
March 5, 1986 |
A national teachers union proclaimed Tuesday "Christa McAuliffe National Teacher Day" for the Concord educator killed in the Jan. 28 explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. The National Education Assn. dedicated its annual national teacher's day to McAuliffe because her "pioneering spirit . . . will help teachers everywhere pursue excellence," said NEA President Mary Hatwood Futrell.