Tampa, FL (AP) - Federal education officials are teaming up
with teachers unions to hold a national conference on
Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the gathering will promote
school reform by highlighting examples of "progressive" teachers
contracts across the U.S.
Duncan says agreements in Denver, Pittsburgh and other cities
ultimately help students succeed through provisions for teachers
like peer assistance and performance incentives.
The conference planned for early next year will include
national, state and local union leadership as well as
superintendents and school boards.
Duncan made the announcement Thursday at an event in Florida
marking a new collective bargaining agreement for Tampa-area
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