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Secretary's Statement Commending the AFT Teacher Preparation Task Force's "Raising the Bar" Report


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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today released the following statement on the American Federation of Teachers Teacher Preparation Task Force's "Raising the Bar" report.

"Too many new teachers enter our schools feeling unprepared. We shouldn't tolerate that in a profession so important to our country's future. I am grateful to Randi Weingarten and AFT for leading a conversation about how to raise the bar and predict an individual's potential for success in the classroom. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is a natural partner for this project. Together, let's develop a comprehensive strategy to recruit our nation's next generation of great teachers, prepare them well for this challenging work, and compensate and support them as the professionals they are."

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