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Obama to seek $5 billion to transform teaching profession

Written on February 15, 2012 by Banafsheh Farhangmehr in Arts & Cultures & Societies

(Reuters) – U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will deliver a scathing critique of teacher training colleges on Wednesday as he unveils a $5 billion initiative to transform the teaching profession from top to bottom.

In remarks scheduled for delivery at 3:30 p.m. EST (2030 GMT), Duncan will argue that the profession needs to become more selective, offer more consistent training, evaluate teacher effectiveness more critically and reward the best teachers with salaries on par with doctors and lawyers.

“Many of our schools of education are mediocre at best. Many teachers are poorly trained and isolated in their classrooms,” Duncan will say in remarks prepared for an online town hall meeting with educators.

“No other profession carries a greater burden for securing America’s future. And no other profession deserves more respect,” added Duncan, who once headed Chicago’s public schools.

But his ambitious goals may run into major roadblocks.

President Barack Obama’s administration wants states to compete for a share in $5 billion in federal grants to overhaul their teacher training colleges and create new standards for teacher evaluations. But that fund is subject to congressional approval, and Republicans have already served notice they intend to fight new spending initiatives.

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Comments

Citizenship March 5, 2012 - 6:44 pm

Aside from this educational-related issue, I think that the president should also create/plan a program for college students and the fresh graduates – like career advice program to guide the you ones because employment is one of the biggest issues today.

knowledgeseeker January 13, 2013 - 8:25 pm

How soon we forget! The probationary period in California used to be three years long. Teachers won a reduction from three years to two, but employers won the right to dismiss probationary teachers without cause.
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