At its regularly scheduled webcast meeting on Jan. 14, the task force discussed in detail the 10 smart investments for education that AFT president Randi Weingarten outlined in a November address at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The plan calls for: * Providing universal early childhood education, starting with low-income children; * Preparing young people for high-skill, high-demand "green jobs"; * Providing a boost to high-achieving students from low-income households; * Offering high-quality educational choices within the public school system; * Focusing intensely on improving low-performing schools; * Establishing community schools that serve the neediest children by bringing together services that they and their families need; * Ensuring that every school facility is a place where teachers can teach and students can learn; * Expanding teacher induction so that new teachers are not left to sink or swim. * Creating an online teacher resource network with information on curriculum, lesson plans and source documents to enhance teaching; and * Offering every student a well-rounded education that would stand in stark contrast to the "standardized test score competition" that has resulted from NCLB.
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