The Friend of Education Award, presented each year during NEA’s Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly, recognizes a person or organization whose leadership, acts or support have significantly contributed to the improvement of American public education.
Ravitch follows influential education policy writer and researcher Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, who was named the 2009 NEA Friend of Education. Others who have received this honor include U.S. Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson, Jimmy Carter, and William Jefferson Clinton; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall; Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.); and U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley and the late Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy (D-Mass.).
“Diane Ravitch did one of the bravest, most honest things a human being can do: she looked at the facts and admitted that she had been wrong. It is a testament both to her academic integrity as well as to her deep concern for America’s public school students that she changed her position as the facts warranted. She is indeed a true friend to all of America’s students.”
Dennis Van Roekel, NEA President
“I am thrilled to receive this prestigious award from the NEA, representing more than three million of our nation’s wonderful, hard-working educators.”
Diane Ravitch, Author,The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education
The National Education Association is the nations largest professional employee organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.
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