Washington, DC — Today Marc Lampkin, Strong American Schools´ Ed in ´08 executive director, posted a blog entry on the Huffington Post criticizing a recent release from the National Education Association that responded to the recent Democratic debate and the candidates´
positions on performance pay for teachers.

"Instead of celebrating the dawn of a true education debate, some groups want to end it. For example, the National Education Association released a press statement that seems to imply all the candidates answered the question the exact same way-they were against it.

"Now that´s just mystifying to me. Anyone who watched Sunday´s debate should have seen a difference of opinion among the candidates. Yes, two candidates came out firmly against it. But when Stephanopoulos said ´no one on the stage is for merit pay for teachers,´ one candidate jumped in to say that he definitely is for it. A second then asked for more time to clarify that he is for performance pay under certain circumstances.

And a third offered his own version of performance pay-providing competitive salaries to compete with fields like engineering for top college students.

"That´s exactly the kind of education debate we should be having-and the kind Americans deserve! Maybe the NEA just wasn´t watching closely.

Maybe they simply missed the point. With American schools needing to hire 2 million new teachers over the next decade, we should all be discussing how to attract America´s best and brightest to teach our students-presidential candidates included. Let´s not squelch that important debate just as it´s getting started."

Editor´s note: Please contact the ED in ´08 press office at 202. 552.
4563 if you are interested in scheduling an interview with Marc Lampkin.

Lampkin´s entire blog can be found on The Huffington Post
(www.huffingtonpost.com) and on the ED in ´08 website (www.EDin08.com ).

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