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The Obama administration is hoping that competition combined with cash will encourage states and school districts to improve the nation's teaching corps.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Feb. 15 announced details of the administration's proposed $5 billion program for a new Race to the Top-style competition, with states and districts competing for grant dollars to improve teacher quality, during a town hall meeting with teachers. Among the changes the administration is seeking: higher teaching


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