National and Local education Leaders Discuss School Reform at New Haven Roundtable

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

National and local education leaders sat around a table Tuesday at the district’s first turnaround school, Brennan-Rogers, and shared ideas about elevating the teaching profession as it relates to education reform.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan explained why the $5 million grant program President Barack Obama proposed to Congress in an effort to overhaul the teaching profession would be an investment, not a cost.

He lauded the district and city officials for developing a working reform plan, but he questioned sustainability of the model.

“How do we create a climate where teachers are clamoring (to teach here?)” he asked. And with that, U.S. Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, D-New Haven, told legislators, teachers and city officials to have a “no-holds barred” discussion so they can pinpoint resources that will help teachers play a part in making the reform effort more successful.

DeLauro counted numerous things that would ensure teachers play a part in education reform.

“Teachers need to have a voice, they need to weigh in, we need to make sure we value teachers, teachers need to get paid fairly, we have to respect our teachers and respect the power of education,” she said.

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