Teaching at Risk: Progress and Potholes

April 5, 2006

"If teaching remains a second-rate profession, America's economy will be driven by second-rate skills." These were the words of Lou Gerstner, former head of IBM and founder of the Teaching Commission, at the release of the Commission's final report, which calls on state and local leaders to do much more to reform the way American teachers are trained, licensed, supported, and paid. The report outlines the status of our nation's schools and students, and looks at promising reform strategies. The final section of the report outlines specific steps for federal and state governments, school districts and schools, and communities and parents.