Our History

Historian Report-February 22, 2017

Peggy Ell

While continuing to organize and file pertinent OCREA documents, I came across a report dated April 15, 2014 presented by Rich Miller, who at the time was serving as OCREA Vice President. I was struck by the relevance of this document to the current political attitude toward public education with an emphasis on high-stakes testing and an ever growing push for privatization of public schools. With our newly appointed Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, the threat of dismantling public education has become even greater than it had been in 2014:

April 15, 2014-Vice President ReportRich Miller

For those of you who are friends of Diane Ravitch, she has another book out  called Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to American Schools. It identifies the roles that politicians and business people play in furthering this movement. The book includes the names of those individuals and foundations with supporting statistics.

It’s ironic that with Race to the Top promoted by the president, that Michele Obama said this:

“If my future were determined just by my performance on a standardized test, I wouldn’t be here. I guarantee you that.” (Feb. 18, 2008)

But,Diane ravitch said this:

“The biggest fallacy of the Common Core standards is that they have been sold to the nation without any evidence that they will accomplish what their boosters claim. ” (From Diane Ravitch’s Blog)



Past Presidents of OCREA

John F. Miller 1959-61

Marjorie G Brownell 1961-63

John McCarthy 1963-65

Myrtle Moore 1965-69

Anna Wedemeyer 1969-71

Helen Yates 1971-73

Mary A. Lennon 1973-77

Dr. Ralph K. Turp 1977-80

Thelma Clarke 1980-81

Florence Mallinson 1981-85

Carl Kredatus 1985-89

Emmett Pyle 1989-92

Herb Smith 1992-95

Florence Conway 1995-01

Paula Niven 2001-03

Martin Lang 2003-07

Peggy Keane 2007- 15

Rae Saulino 2015 –