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 BURLINGAME, Calif., March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Education Secretary Richard Riley is scheduled to address the California Teachers Association (CTA) State Council of Education, Sunday, March 28 in Los Angeles.
 Six-hundred teacher-representatives from throughout the state will be on-hand to hear Riley at 10:15 a.m., Sunday morning at the Sheraton Los Angeles Airport Hotel. The teacher-representatives make policy for CTA's 235,000 members.
 CTA President D.A. "Del" Weber said teachers are honored that the U.S. Secretary of Education is taking time out of his busy schedule to address them. "Mr. Riley has the admiration and respect of every educator who knows or has followed his career. His achievements in public education reform, during his governorship of South Carolina, have earned him the praise and recognition of every person who is concerned with bettering education in this country," Weber said.
 "For the first time in recent years, we have an education secretary who is dedicated to developing and implementing solutions for improving public education," said Weber.
 In his recent testimony before the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, Riley outlined his "systemic school reform legislation," titled the "Goals 2000: Educate America Act."
 Riley said, "The time is ripe to create a movement all across America to make substantial gains in education. A movement that focuses on the core of education -- teaching and learning to meet high standards. A movement that is based on coupling opportunity with responsibility."
 Riley outlined several keys to the success of his educational progress plan. They included concentrating on reform for all students and all districts, especially the needy, persuading the federal government to work with families, communities and educators to energize, excite and facilitate advances in education in all districts; and the establishment of an Opportunity to Learn Commission.
 The commission would address teachers' ability to provide quality instruction in their areas; teachers and administrators accessibility to the best knowledge about teaching and learning; and the quality and availability of curricula that meets world-class standards.
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