Appoint Linda Darling-Hammond Secretary of Education

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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 Barak 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 Americas Future, a blue-ribbon panel whose 1996 report, What Matters Most: Teaching for Americas 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 nations ten most influential people affecting educational policy over the last decade. Among Darling-Hammonds 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 Councils Outstanding Book Award for 2000; and The Right to Learn: A Blueprint for Schools that Work, recipient of the American Educational Research Associations 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 Obamas 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.