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NEA-Alaska Welcomes Appointment of New Director of Rural Education

Oct. 22, 2009

Today Alaska Education Commissioner Larry LeDoux named Phyllis Carlson of Juneau as the state’s first Director of Rural Education.  The following statement can be attributed to President Barb Angaiak:

“We are pleased that the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development created this important new position of Director of Rural Education, and that Commissioner LeDoux has chosen an Alaskan with such impressive credentials to fill that position.  We are looking forward to working with Ms. Carlson to help address the many challenges that face our rural schools.

“For some time now, NEA-Alaska has been concerned that the restrictive provisions of the No Child Left Behind law—and its lack of cultural connection with rural Alaskans—have harmed our rural schools.  We are seeing that children’s love of learning is being lost to the incessant testing required.  Children are also being harmed because prospective teachers from villages are losing interest in becoming educators.  

“We are excited that Alaskans will now have another seasoned expert addressing these and other issues surrounding rural education.” ##

NEA-Alaska President Barb Angaiak has taught more than 24 years in rural Alaska and is highly qualified to teach K-8 elementary and middle school math.  NEA-Alaska represents more than 13,000 teachers and education support professionals in early every community in Alaska.

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