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Morgan speaks on 'NBC Nightly News'

September 27, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE
  • Elizabeth Morgan, Washington County Public Schools superintendent
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Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan appeared on "NBC Nightly News" Monday night as part of the network's Education Nation event.

On "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," Morgan appeared briefly during a taped segment about how to strengthen weak teachers, how to support andreward good teachers, and how to remove really poor teachers.

"I think we need some very clear standards for all teachers," she said.

Morgan, the 2010 national superintendent of the year, is in New York this week as part of NBC's Education Nation event, which is described on the event's website as "a nationally broadcast, in-depth conversation about improving education in America."

NBC was paying all of her expenses, Morgan said.

Morgan was to be in the audience for six panel discussions from 9:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and from 9 to 11 a.m. today, according to an e-mail from the school system. Those panels were being streamed live on http://www.msnbc.com with portions possibly to air on various NBC platforms and at http://www.educationnation.com.

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On Sunday, the event included a teacher town-hall meeting about education issues and coverage regarding the recently released "Waiting for 'Superman,'" a documentary about the state of public education in the United States.

On Monday, the event included U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan taking questions from former "Nightly News" anchorman Tom Brokaw, as well as from students and education officials across the country.

It was believed that Morgan might discuss teachers unions on the NBC program Monday night, but she did not. The Washington County Board of Education has reached an impasse in negotiations with the Washington County Teachers Association (WCTA) and the Washington County Educational Support Personnel Association (WCESPA).

Staff writer Dave McMillion contributed to this story.

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