WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is hoping competition combined with cash will encourage states and school districts to improve the nation's teaching corps.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Wednesday is expected to announce details of the administration's proposed $5 billion program for a new competition, with states and districts competing for grant dollars to improve teacher quality. Higher teaching salaries, compensation tied to performance and more selective and improved teaching colleges are among the changes he's seeking.
The program was included in the budget proposal President Barack Obama sent to Congress this week. It will probably face obstacles in the gridlocked Congress. Some Republicans have complained of federal overreach in education.