The last day of the NEA RA saw a heartfelt, spirited celebration of a leader whom President Dennis Van Roekel called “a legal superhero” — retiring NEA General Counsel Bob Chanin. Van Roekel also conferred the NEA’s 2009 Friend of Education award on Linda Darling-Hammond, acted on new business items and resolutions, and greeted newly-elected NEA officers.
Chanin is retiring after 41 years as NEA’s top attorney. He was saluted by delegates from across the country for his work on critical issues such as collective bargaining, desegregation, vouchers and education funding. During his time as NEA general counsel, Chanin argued five cases before the U.S. Supreme Court – winning four of them – and filed 25 briefs.
NEA Friend of Education Linda Darling- Hammond, professor of education at Stanford University, told the assembly that public schools are under attack, but it’s the system’s fault, not the people’s. It is up to educators to stand up and help lead a reform movement that invests in high quality teaching, equitable schools and real accountability, she said. “Teachers can transform schools,” Darling-Hammond challenged the delegates. “Do we have the will? Do we have the courage?”
President Obama sent a video greeting to NEA delegates that continued the administration’s theme of working with educators on key reform efforts.
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