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With Help from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation , U. S. Mint and U. S. Department of Education Join Hands in New Ed Reform Effort
A spokesperson for Arne Duncan observed, "Our mission is to protect the nation's kindergartners from all that naptime and playing with clay (PNKFAT)." He acknowledged that a special 15-cent coin had been minted during Margaret Spellings tenure, saying, "Please note the increased value we place on teachers as trainers for tomorrow's Global Economy workforce."
Bill Gates, busy with Monsanto planting genetically modified corn seeds in Africa, could not be at the launch but issued this statement:
As a special offer, each proof set of the new 17- cent coin honoring education will come with a handcrafted Highly Qualified Teacher Pouch (HQTP) and a Certificate of Authenticity (COA), hand-signed by the Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) who crafted it, stating the name of the union and/or professional organization willing to collaborate on one more federal fandangle. The United States Mint and the U. S. Department of Education are working closely with NEA, AFT, IRA, NCTE, and NCTM advisors to identify Highly Qualified Teachers to craft each unique pouch. An NCTE spokesperson stated, "We know that teachers appreciate this opportunity to have a Seat At the Table (SAT)."
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), noted, "We at the AFT are committed to being on the forefront of education reform (FEDREF) and are happy to cooperate in this exciting venture. Our schools have to be fundamentally different today than they were 100 years ago. So should our coinage. This coin update will help prepare today's children for tomorrow's knowledge economy. The affordability of this coin will make it available to all economic groups, so that even parents not making a living wage can show their children that education is as vital in their community as it is in more affluent areas."
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