The Department of Education has announced new efforts to strengthen teacher quality, particularly for disadvantaged students, nationally.
The Excellent Educators for All Initiative seeks to allow the Department of Education to connect chief state school officers across the country to bring about necessary change for teacher quality.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently sent a letter to state school officials Monday asking them to have their plans for improving teach quality submitted to the Education Department by April 2015.
The new initiative consists of the educator equity plans, the creation of an educator equity support network and educator equity profiles.
The comprehensive educator equity plans correspond with required guidelines of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which are aimed at insuring that all children have equal access to high quality education.
The educator equity support network will be funded by a $4.2 million investment by the education department and will connect educators across the country to help share practices in successful schools.
Educator equity profiles, which go into effect this fall, will be put together by the federal department and will help state officials identify gaps in quality for low income and minority students.
The new initiative comes at a time of urgency for adequately providing students with high quality education, particularly those children in underserved communities.
“All children are entitled to a high-quality education regardless of their race, zip code or family income,” Duncan said in a statement. “It is critically important that we provide teachers and principals the support they need to help students reach their full potential.”