US Dept of Education Press Office Won't Talk to (Bud the) Teacher

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    1. I start every phone call by introducing myself as “Bud Hunt, a teacher in northern Colorado.” So I’m identifying myself that way. But that’s a good question.

  1. If they’re hiding behind “we are the press office and only deal with the press,” I wonder if it’s possible to ask who at ED is willing to listen to teachers. If nothing else, it’d be interesting to know what the response is.

  2. Have you contacted you local paper to see if they would give you credentials so that you can pursue a story for them?
    Keep up the good work. I’m spreading your message.

  3. While I think the Press Secretary should respond to you even though you don’t apparently meet their definition of “reporter,” I would politely call again and ask to speak directly to the Secretary of Education. Perhaps his Press Secretary can only speak to “the Press,” but surely the Secretary of Education can speak to a teacher?
    .-= Karl Fisch´s last blog ..Sometimes This Stuff Still Amazes Me =-.

  4. Clearly you need to re-brand yourself as Bud the Reporter, and then they’ll answer your (very reasonable) question.

    I guess you could contact your congressional reps and ask them to ask for you. But you’ll only get some bullshit political answer. Alternative is to find someone with press credentials to ask for you.

  5. Bud,

    As you know, I did have some success in getting a response from writing AskArne, and have written them back a second time for clarification.

    But you are right, in this new media age, an agency that promotes the new media has got to be receptive to the input coming in from it as well.

    Perhaps the reception you received from this particular office is because they only respond to the “old media”? And they are a bit flummoxed by trying to figure out how to work with the new media?

    I wonder if this is perhaps a learning opportunity as they try out these new tools–an opportunity for us to be heard and for them to consider what it means to be participating with grass roots educators in this way.

    Perhaps the main problem here is that you’ve been dealing with the Press Secretary’s office, who may see their role as relating to the “press.” I wonder if an answer can be obtained by another office, like the Office of Monica Salas
    Information Resource Specialist

    Information Resource Center
    Office of Communications and Outreach

    (800) USA-LEARN

    That’s who responded to my email, and it seems their role is “supposed” to be communications and outreach.

    I think we will continue to see various levels of fumbling about as agencies/media/etc. start using these tools with their level of transparency and their comfort level with using these tools.

    Good luck with getting your response!

  6. Are they on Twitter/FaceBook? Try following them and post your questions there, too. Post them everyday until they are answered.

  7. NWP contact at DE, I believe.

    Name Margarita L. Meléndez
    E-mail Address
    Mailing Address U.S. Department of Education, OII
    Teacher Quality Programs
    400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Rm. 4W224, FB-6
    Washington, DC 20202-5960
    Telephone (202) 260-3548
    Fax (202) 401-8466

    1. Thanks. I did speak to Ms. Melendez, you can see her contact info in the picture below, who referred me to others, as she did not deal in matters of policy. She was most polite.

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