Among the priorities in his Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization speech, the Secretary called for stakeholders to "build a law that respects the honored, noble status of educators, who should be valued as skilled professionals -- rather than mere practitioners -- and compensated accordingly."

To advance the discussion, he will engage teachers in a national town hall meeting, during a "special edition" of the Department’s "Education News Parents Can Use" broadcast (Oct. 20, 7-8 p.m. CST).  The meeting can be viewed on local education channels and PBS.

He will take comments and questions from teachers in a studio audience and via telephone, e-mail, and video. 

To contribute to the discussion, teachers and other viewers may call the show during the live broadcast at 1-888-493-9382, between 7-8 p.m. CST.