June 4, 2004
Chandler teacher Susan Thomas will be among those appearing in a television commercial claiming President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act is hurting children.
"The law creates difficulty for administration, teachers and students," said Thomas, the president of the Chandler Education Association for the past eight years.
The commercials were made by Communities for Quality Education, a national education advocacy organization dedicated to advancing a quality public schools agenda. The group sought out teachers nationwide to represent their local areas and appear in the ads.
The 30-second slots will appear for about the next month, with Thomas being the only representative for the Valley, said Reggie Johnson, community relations official for the Washington-based organization.
Communities for Quality Education was started a couple of months ago to begin a dialogue with parents, teachers and neighbors both inside and outside of education, Johnson said.
"Wisdom isn’t found in Washington but found in the classroom and with those sending kids to school," he said. "We are a nonpolitical group and aren’t asking people to vote for one candidate over another."
The organization was started through the National Education Association.
Thomas said the idea behind the act is good, but the program is not being funded properly.
"Teachers do need to be held accountable but give us the resources to do so," Thomas said. "We need to let President Bush and Congress know that teachers need to be supportive in what they do."