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Crew, Union Officials Address Teachers

OPB | March 17, 2013 8:23 a.m. | Updated: March 18, 2013 12:53 p.m. | Portland

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Hundreds of Oregon teachers gathered in Corvallis Saturday for a symposium on education.

Teachers are digesting recent and coming reforms in K-12 education.  Governor Kitzhaber’s Chief Education Officer, Dr. Rudy Crew, addressed the group, as did Lily Eskelsen, a Vice President of the National Education Association. Eskelsen told OPB she’s aware of Kitzhaber’s plan to set aside $120 million for teachers’ professional development. Some programs would take take a teacher-led approach to training programs. Eskelsen expressed cautious optimism for that approach.

“What we’re finding is - let professionals be their own best resource. I want something intentional for teachers. The best help I ever had came from my colleagues.”

The plan is still subject to legislative approval.

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