Appoint Linda Darling-Hammond Secretary of Education 2 sign now

[This is the same petition created earlier that was closed and not able to be re-opened. The only change is the fixing of one typo in the President-elect's first name.]

To: President-Elect Barack Obama

Given the dreadful direction our public schools are headed under the No Child Left Behind Act and the importance of education to the future of our country, we the undersigned respectfully request that President-Elect Barack Obama nominate Linda Darling-Hammond as the United States Secretary of Education.

Linda Darling-Hammond is Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University where she has launched the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute and the School Redesign Network. She has also served as faculty sponsor for the Stanford Teacher Education Program. She is a former president of the American Educational Research Association and member of the National Academy of Education. Her research, teaching, and policy work focus on issues of school restructuring, teacher quality and educational equity. From 1994-2001, she served as executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, a blue-ribbon panel whose 1996 report, What Matters Most: Teaching for America's Future, led to sweeping policy changes affecting teaching and teacher education. In 2006, this report was named one of the most influential affecting U.S. education and Darling-Hammond was named one of the nation's ten most influential people affecting educational policy over the last decade. Among Darling-Hammond's more than 300 publications are Preparing Teachers for a Changing World: What Teachers Should Learn and be Able to Do (with John Bransford, for the National Academy of Education, winner of the Pomeroy Award from AACTE), Teaching as the Learning Profession: A Handbook of Policy and Practice (Jossey-Bass: 1999) (co-edited with Gary Sykes), which received the National Staff Development Council's Outstanding Book Award for 2000; and The Right to Learn: A Blueprint for Schools that Work, recipient of the American Educational Research Association's Outstanding Book Award for 1998.

-From her Stanford University faculty page http://ed.stanford.edu/suse/faculty/displayRecord.php?suid=ldh

The signatures below will be delivered to President-Elect Obama's administration at a time before his inauguration in order to impart to him the importance of a truly progressive public education system and that Dr. Darling-Hammond is a key ingredient to achieving such a system.

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  • 12 February 20161000. Lois B
    I support this petition
  • 10 February 2016999. Vicki E
    Let's end the emphasis on standardized testing now! City, State Winona, MN 55987
  • 09 February 2016998. Ann L
    I support this petition
  • 23 January 2016997. Joanna La
    В City, State Pittsburg, California
  • 16 January 2016996. Lee Anneb
    You could not find a more qualified and capable person for Secretary of Education than Linda Darling-Hammond. She has experience in teacher education, school restructuring and teacher quality. She is respected and admired by the entire educational communi
  • 09 January 2016995. Dean F
    Please consider a true progressive for education secretary. City, State Tujunga, CA
  • 05 January 2016994. Claryce E
    I support this petition
  • 05 January 2016993. Jennifer C
    В City, State Prescott, AZ
  • 04 January 2016992. Kristen E
    Please consider this vital issue! City, State Cambridge, MA
  • 31 December 2015991. Anita D
    I support this petition
  • 28 December 2015990. Kim S
    I support this petition
  • 22 December 2015989. Peggy H
    We need a person who understands education to head the department. We do not need more of the same failed policies of the Bush Administration (charter schools, vouchers, standardized testing). City, State Madison, WI
  • 12 December 2015988. Kathryn Ad
    We need a qualified education scholar who is an expert in a range of schooling issues in this position. City, State Kaneohe, HI
  • 26 November 2015987. Elizabeth Ds
    We need educators who teach, not CEOs who test. City, State New Orleans, LA
  • 20 November 2015986. Joyce B
    I support this petition
  • 19 November 2015985. Ann R
    wonderful leader! City, State San Mateo, CA
  • 19 November 2015984. Joseph P
    I support this petition
  • 04 November 2015983. Shawn Jm
    I support this petition
  • 29 October 2015982. Cathleen T
    I support this petition
  • 28 October 2015981. Kenneth T
    В City, State Falmouth, Maine
  • 20 October 2015980. Kathryn B
    I support this petition
  • 14 October 2015979. Amanda W
    Please, put someone with education experience into this position! Linda Darling-Hammond is my preference--- after having taught 14 years with both low-income honors and at-risk youth! City, State Portland, OR
  • 14 October 2015978. Jennifer W
    We need someone in this position who is poised to make REAL changes. City, State Pittsburgh, PA
  • 12 October 2015977. Anne Hd
    I support this petition
  • 11 October 2015976. Susan W
    please, our current system of education isn't working. Look to people like John Holt for ideas how to fix things. City, State east hampton, ct
  • 10 October 2015975. Debra S
    I support this petition
  • 24 September 2015974. Katie M
    I support this petition

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