CEA President Johnson Welcomes 300 New Members

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CEA President Rhonda Johnson addresses 300 new CCS teachers.

CEA President Rhonda Johnson, Vice President Sally Oldham and other dignitaries from CCS welcomed 300 new teachers to the Columbus Education Association at the annual New Teacher Luncheon, held on August 20, 2009 at The Westin Columbus.

“I’m proud to say I’m a Columbus City Schools teacher,” said Johnson, “and proud to say that I am a member of CEA.”

The newly hired teachers are the latest educators to start the Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) Program, now in its 23rd year of implementation. Adapted from the Toledo Federation of Teachers and instituted in Columbus in 1986, PAR has proved to be an invaluable resource for rookie teachers in the district.

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Secretary of Education Duncan Addresses NEA, CEA Delegates

An estimated audience of nearly 5,000 members of the National Education Association gathered to participate in the latest stop on Federal Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s “Listening Tour”. Included in the audience were Columbus Education Association President Rhonda Johnson, Vice-President Sally Oldham, the Association’s Board of Governors and local delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly.

Introducing Secretary Duncan, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel noted the stark differences in the national education landscape. “The fact that the President is listening and accessible to 3.2 million educators,” said President Van Roekel, “shows what a difference a year makes.”

Secretary Duncan repeatedly referenced cooperation and collaboration between teachers and administrators throughout his speech.

“You must be full partners and leaders in education reform,” he told the audience of education professionals. “The key to making progress begins with respect for the labor/management relationship.”

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