U.S. Secretary of Education to Help Launch New Initiative to Transform Teaching Profession

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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will hold a town hall meeting with teachers on Wednesday, Feb., 15 at the Department to launch a new initiative led by active classroom teachers to help inform the Obama Administration’s proposal and the broader effort to elevate and strengthen the teaching profession. Teachers, representatives of teaching associations, and other teacher-led reform groups will participate in the event.

The Obama Administration’s 2013 proposed budget includes a new $5 billion competitive program to challenge states and districts to work with teachers, unions, colleges of education and other stakeholders to comprehensively reform the field of teaching. The proposal touches on every phase of teaching from training and tenure to compensation and career opportunities.

The event will be streamed live at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/education-department.