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What To Make Of This Tentative Witness List

By Alexander Russo — September 10, 2007 3 min read
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The only folks I can think of who aren’t on this tentative witness list for today’s NCLB hearing are EdSec Spellings (not invited? disinclined to appear?) and General Petraeus. By having everyone speak, the committee pretty much ensures a certain amount of cacaphony. And by putting Kati Haycock -- one of the draft’s most vocal critics -- off in the teacher quality corner, the committee sends a clear message that it doesn’t like being called out.

UPDATE: From Mike Antonucci: “EIA has the exclusive tip that “Sammy the Bull” Gravano will be called in as a surprise witness. Gravano will reveal that “multiple measures” and “growth models” are mobspeak for racketeering of Title I funds."Big Picture Panel (10:30 – 11:15)

Hold for Teacher

Kathleen Rooker

Principal, Neil Armstrong Elementary School

Port Charlotte, Florida

John Podesta

President and Chief Executive Officer

Center for American Progress

Linda Darling-Hammond

Professor of Education

Stanford University

Jack Jennings


Center on Education Policy

Andrea Messina


Aspen Institute Commission on No Child Left Behind

Kevin Carey

Research and Policy Manager

Education Sector

High School Reform & College and Career-Readiness Panel (11:15 – 12:00)

Billy Cannaday

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Commonwealth of Virginia

Bob Wise


Alliance for Excellent Education

Adria Steinberg

Associate Vice President of Youth Transition

Jobs for the Future

James McPartland

Principal Research Scientist, Center for Social Organization of Schools

Johns Hopkins University

Janet Bray


Association Career Technical Education

Mike Cohen



Brian Gong

Executive Director

Center for Assessment

Civil Rights Panel (12:00– 12:45)

Nancy Zirkin

Vice President and Director of Public Policy

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

Peter Zamora

Regional Counsel

Mexican American Legal Defense Fund

Dan Losen

Senior Education Law and Policy Associate

The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles

Stephanie Jones

Executive Director

The National Urban League

Delia Pompa

Vice President of Education Programs

National Council of La Raza

Dianne Piche

Executive Director

Citizens’ Commission on Civil Rights

Myrna Mandlawitz

Policy Director

Learning Disabilities Association of America

Katie Neas

Director of Congressional Relations, Easter Seals

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities

Foundations, Businesses and Innovation Panel (12:45 – 1:30)

Charles Harris

Co-Founder and Executive Partner

SeaChange Capital Partners

Josh Wyner

Executive Vice President

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Frances Bryant Bradburn

Director of Instructional Technologies

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Nelson Smith


National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Jim Kohlmoos

President and CEO

Knowledge Alliance

Sonia Hernandez Rodriguez

Executive Vice President

National Farm Workers Service Center

John Castellani


Business Roundtable

Teaching and School Leadership Panel (1:30 – 2:15)

Jon Schnur


New Leaders for New Schools

Barry Stark

Principal, Norris Middle School

Firth, Nebraska

Mary Kay Sommers

Principal, Shepardson Elementary, Fort Collins, Colorado

President, National Association of Elementary School Principals

Reg Weaver


National Education Association

Antonia Cortese

Executive Vice-President

American Federation of Teachers

Kristan Van Hook

Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Development

National Institute for Excellence in Teaching

Kati Haycock


Education Trust

State and Local Administrators Panel (2:15 – 3:00)

Mike Petrilli

Vice President for National Programs & Policy

The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation

David Brewer

Superintendent of Schools

Los Angeles Unified School District

LaRuth Gray

Deputy Director

Metropolitan Center for Urban Education

Michael Casserly

Executive Director

Council of the Great City Schools

Joan Wodiska

Director of Education Policy

National Governors’ Association

Paul Houston

Executive Director

American Association of School Administrators

Michael Resnick

Associate Executive Director

National School Boards Association

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