ERIC Number: ED463284
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
President Launches Quality Teacher Initiative.
Bush, George W.
This paper presents a talk by President George W. Bush in which he launches his quality teacher initiative. He explains that the educational reforms will ensure that all students, particularly impoverished students, will have high expectations and receive a high quality education. As the expectations of schools are raised, nearly $3 billion has been appropriated to states to recruit, prepare, train, and support teachers. This new initiative focuses on such areas as providing elementary school teachers with the tools to teach every child how to read; emphasizing preschool reading skills; establishing a clearinghouse of the most recent and reliable information on what works; recruiting new students into teaching; recruiting teachers via alternate routes (e.g., putting people from other professions into public school classrooms and giving them the training they need); encouraging military personnel, upon retirement, to go into the classroom; supporting teachers who work with disadvantaged students; offering student loan forgiveness to people willing to teach in high-needs schools and subject areas; allowing teachers to enforce discipline without fear of litigation; providing a teacher tax deduction for educational supplies purchased; and giving school districts and states the flexibility to spend federal money on what they need the most. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Discipline, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Federal Aid, Poverty, Public Schools, Reading Skills, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Recruitment
For full text: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/03/ 20020304-8.html.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Executive Office of the President, Washington, DC.
Note: Remarks of the President presented to Eden Prairie High School (Eden Prairie, MN, March 4, 2002).