Secretary Duncan Challenges National Education Association to Accelerate School Reforms

Washington, D.C.--(ENEWSPF)--July 2, 2009.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today praised the National Education Association for its effort to improve the quality of the education workforce and challenged the union to reevaluate some of its policies on compensating teachers and offering them job protections.

Speaking at the NEA's annual convention in San Diego, Duncan said that the unions needed to relax contract rules to recruit, reward and retain highly effective educators, especially in low-performing schools in need of dramatic improvements.

"If we agree that the adults in these schools are . . .

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