[caption id="attachment_25632" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Teacher preparation programs must be held to a higher standard."]Teacher preparation programs must be held to a higher standard.[/caption]

The Obama administration is calling for an overhaul of college programs that prepare new teachers, saying they are cash cows that do a mediocre job of preparing teachers for the classroom. Among the changes proposed by Education Secretary Arne Duncan: overhauling education schools' curricula to ensure that future teachers learn how to use data to improve their instruction, and linking the performance of teachers with the schools where they received...

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