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Duncan Offers Stimulus Monies to Teachers Who Get National Standards Tattoo

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by Susan Ohanian


Washington, D. C.

U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that under a special teacher incent program, Tattoos for National Standards, $666 million is now available for individual teachers to participate in a new branding stimulus. Distributed under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, this funding will lay the foundation for a new generation of education reform and help students in their Race to the Top in the global workforce.

"We want to reward teachers with bold plans to embrace National Standards because the Business Roundtable told us that National Standards will make today's kindergartner a productive member of tomorrow's globalized workforce," said Duncan.

Duncan announced the multi-part Tattoo For National Standards as part of the Department's $4.35 billion "Race to the Top" fund. Teachers showing permanent tattoos containing the words National Standards will be rewarded as follows:

  • ankle..........$500
  • forearm.......$650
  • back/belly...$700
  • breast.........$800
  • forehead....$1200

  • Responsibility for the Tattoo for National Standards remuneration schedule was awarded to the NEA, NCTE, and IRA as a gesture of good will when they asked for a seat at the table.

    Duncan decried people playing a shell game. "Teachers have a chance to either stay at a very mediocre level or fundamentally break through and start to achieve excellence. Our Tattoos for National Standards program not only creates innovation, it incents innovation," he said.

    "Teachers need to change their behavior," said Duncan. "Business as usual, to be clear, will basically eliminate teachers from competition," Duncan said. "We're not looking just at past track records. We're looking at folks who are really willing to challenge the status quo. Tattoos R Us!"

    To receive tattoo funding under this bipartisan education legislation, teachers must provide photographic evidence and a notarized statement from a licensed tattoo provider.

    — Susan Ohanian



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