U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will kick off the school year in Maryland on Wednesday, with an address and Q&A session with 850 Baltimore County language arts teachers at Perry Hall High School. 

According to a release from the U.S. Department of Education, Duncan will join new county Superintendent Dallas Dance, and new state Superintendent Lillian Lowery, in discussing the Obama administration’s education reform efforts, specifically those that target transforming the teaching profession. He will conduct a question-and-answer session with the teachers following his remarks.
 
The teachers will also take part in roundtables with Teaching Ambassador Fellows from the USDE., to learn about the department’s RESPECT (Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence and Collaborative Teaching) project--described in the release as, "a vision for rebuilding the teaching profession and elevating the teacher voice in shaping federal, state, and local education policy."
 
The president has requested $5 billion for the program in his 2013 budget, the release said, which would "challenge states and school districts to work with teachers, unions, colleges of education, and other education stakeholders to reform the teaching profession."

Liz Bowie, county schools reporter, will be covering the event.

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