|Duties of the National Teacher
|During the official year of recognition, the National Teacher is released from all classroom duties to serve as a spokesperson and advocate for the entire teaching profession. The teacher's home state and district ensure the teacher's salary and benefits. All scheduling and logistical arrangements for the National Teacher are coordinated by the national program. National Teachers average over 150 events each year before audiences ranging from several hundred to over ten thousand. Television, radio, and the print media readily utilize National Teachers to represent the voice of education. National Teachers are frequently requested to sit on national and state commissions and policy advising bodies. The National Teacher may be called upon to represent American educators to audiences in other nations.
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