President Barack Obama promotes education initiative aimed at training and placing top teachers in ''toughest environments'' across the country. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama said Monday (July 7)his administration is introducing an initiative aimed at making sure good teachers are available to all communities across the country, including those that may have been under-served in the past. "So what we're trying to do here today... is to highlight what we're calling 'Excellent Educators for All.' It's going to be a program in which we ask states to take a look at where they distribute great teachers, what are they doing in order to train, and promote, and place teachers in some of the toughest environments for children. And what we'll also be doing is providing technical assistance, highlighting best practices, all with the intention of making sure that wherever a child is anywhere in the country, they've got that opportunity to have somebody in front of the classroom or beside them guiding them, mentoring them - helping them learn." President Obama made the comments while having lunch with a small group of teachers at the White House.