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Vol. 111, No. 12

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Education secretary’s goal: ‘Get better faster’

By Tara Thean ’13
Published in the May11, 2011, issue


Brian Wilson/Office of Communications

In an address on campus April 20, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan listed five goals to be addressed within the next few years: reform of the No Child Left Behind law, increasing access to and quality of early education; bringing together school boards, management, and unions to work on reform; recruiting the next generation of teachers; and increasing the use of technology as a teaching tool.

Duncan stressed the importance of replacing retiring baby-boomer educators with high-quality teachers, noting that the Obama administration aims to recruit 1 million teachers over the next four years.

“Whether you look at [education] as a civil-rights issue, as an economic imperative, as an issue of national security — I look at it through all three of those lenses — we have to get better faster than we ever have in education,” he said.
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