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Held in the Education Department’s Lyndon Baines Johnson Auditorium, the event looked and felt different from a similar presentation last January. People were seated closer together and lively music from the “Encanto” movie soundtrack played before the speech. 
But the seriousness surrounding the struggles schools are facing regarding academic recovery, teacher shortages and school safety remained the same. 
Saying he wasn’t going to offer “any shiny new initiatives today” and that the Biden administration is about “substance, not sensationalism,” Cardona laid out three main focus areas for enhancing student outcomes during his 20-minute speech:
Cardona spoke of the need to bring more attention and transparency to what he called the “teacher tax,” or data showing teachers earn less than other professionals with college degrees. In many states, mid-career teachers qualify for state welfare assistance, he said.
He pointed to his administration’s efforts to reduce student loan debt as one approach that would help reduce teacher shortages. Improved career opportunities for teachers to become master teachers and leaders, and seeking teacher input for policy development, are other strategies, he said.
“From my experience as a teacher and as a father, I know the teaching profession changes lives. It’s a profession that makes all other professions possible,” Cardona said.
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