PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – US education secretary Arne Duncan and a host of local officials will gather at Temple University today for a town hall discussion on teaching.

The “TEACH” town hall is the first of a series of events the US Education Department has planned as part of its national teacher recruitment campaign.

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The education secretary will be joined by Governor Rendell, Mayor Nutter, schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman, and actor Tony Danza, whose first year of teaching at Northeast High School is the subject of a cable documentary series.

Temple’s education dean Kent McGuire says with its size and diversity, Temple is just the kind of school the campaign wants to reach:

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“The biggest challenges and opportunities in education are situated in the country’s big cities, and so urban universities figure prominently in building a new education workforce.”

Temple graduates 500 to 600 education majors each year, making it the largest provider of new teachers in the region.

Reported by Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio.

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