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Ohanian Comment: This press release is sent out to the media--to show that the Bush administration honors teachers. How many teachers feel honored?

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him;
The evil that men do lives after them,
The good is oft interréd with their bones,
So let it be with Caesar…. The noble Brutus
Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously hath Caesar answered it….
Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest,
(For Brutus is an honourable man;
So are they all; all honourable men)
Come I to speak in Caesar's funeral….
He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man….
He hath brought many captives home to Rome,
Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill:
Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.
You all did see that on the Lupercal
I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And, sure, he is an honourable man.
I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
But here I am to speak what I do know.
You all did love him once, not without cause:
What cause withholds you then to mourn for him?
O judgement! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason…. Bear with me;
My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
And I must pause till it come back to me.

--William Shakespeare, "Julius Caesar"

Ohmygod, honor teachers by giving them more data.And there's more. She says--hold on to your hats--The No Child Left Behind Act has brought out the best in our teachers.


From: U.S. Department of Education [mailto:OPA@ed.gov]

Sent: Tuesday, May 02, 2006 3:24 PM

To: U.S. Department of Education


U.S. Department of Education
Office of Communications & Outreach, Press Office
400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20202

May 2, 2006
Contact: Chad Colby
(202) 401-1576


In honor of Celebrating Teachers Week, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings today issued the following letter to America's teachers.

To Our Nation’s Teachers in Honor of Celebrating Teachers Week

April 30-May 6, 2006

It is my privilege to honor this nation's outstanding and dedicated teachers during Celebrating Teachers Week. We are eternally grateful for our teachers’ efforts to build character, instill knowledge, and make dreams come true.

While recognition is appropriate, it is not enough. We must support teachers in their important work. They need to be given accurate and timely data about academic performance, and the resources and flexibility to improve it. They must be encouraged in their efforts to take on the toughest assignments in the most challenging schools and communities. And they need to know that positive results will be rewarded.

The No Child Left Behind Act has brought out the best in our teachers. And they have brought out the best of this law, turning high standards and accountability into real results for our children. Across the country, test scores are rising while the decades-long achievement gap is beginning to narrow.

As we expand these successful reform principles, we must not forget the vital role our teachers play. The course they set now will determine our nation’s success in the future. As Secretary of Education -- and the mother of school-aged children -- I see the results every day. I join all Americans in thanking our teachers for all they are doing on behalf of young people.

Margaret Spellings

— Margaret Spellings
Press Release




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