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Educators engage in frank discussion on teacher quality

Secretary of education and NEA discuss critical issues in San Diego

WASHINGTON - June 26, 2009 -

On the eve of the opening of their Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly, hundreds of members of the National Education Association will engage Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a conversation about teacher quality. NEA invited the secretary to bring his “listening” tour to its members so he could hear directly from educators about the experiences and the challenges they face.  

The secretary has been traveling across the country to meet with educators, community leaders and parents about issues in education. Their unique experiences are critical in shaping and improving the education system, and NEA’s members look forward to injecting their voice into the discussion.

This “listening” session will provide an opportunity for educators to talk about their work and give direct feedback to Secretary Duncan about vital teacher quality issues. The cross spectrum of educators will not only voice their concerns, but will also want to hear what Secretary Duncan has to say about his views on such critically important and controversial topics as reform in teacher and principal quality, alternative certification, pay for performance and teacher evaluation.
In addition to his formal address to convention attendees, Secretary Duncan will participate in a panel discussion with educators from across the country moderated by NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, followed by a Q&A session with audience members.

  WHO:   NEA President Dennis Van Roekel
 Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and educators 
 WHAT:  NEA Teacher Quality Town Hall Meeting

 Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. PDT


 San Diego Convention Center – Hall G 
 111 W. Harbor Drive
 San Diego, CA 92101

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing
3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

CONTACT: Michelle Hudgins
(202) 822-7823,