WASHINGTON, July 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement was released today by USCM President Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson in support of U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan's announcement regarding the Excellent Educators for All Initiative:
"As Mayors, we know we cannot have great cities without great schools. At the heart of every great school are great educators. Research has shown consistently that teacher quality is the most important in-school factor influencing student achievement. Many of us bear witness to the inequalities that exist in our low-income and minority communities around access to high quality teaching and instruction. For this reason, Secretary Duncan has taken a bold stance with this initiative, and we applaud his efforts to ensure that all children, regardless of their race, ZIP code, or family income, have an excellent educator. "
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