WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Monday it will require states to show how they will make sure that all children – particularly those who are poor or minorities – have high-quality teachers.

The White House said it’s another example of acting without Congress because lawmakers can’t move forward. In this case, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said, Congress has not fixed the troubled No Child Left Behind law.

“Unfortunately, there are a lot of kids around the country who are not getting the kind of teaching that they need – not because there aren’t a whole lot of great potential teachers out there, but because we’re not doing enough to put a lot of our teachers in a position to succeed,” President Obama said at the White House.

“Typically, the least experienced teachers, the ones with the least support, often end up in the poorest schools,” he said.

The administration will require states to submit plans by April 2015 and will spend $4.2 million to launch a new network to provide states and districts support to put the plans into action. It also will publish results to show where highly skilled teachers are working in high-need schools, and where these schools have inexperienced teachers or those teaching in situations they weren’t prepared to handle.

Rep. John Kline of Minnesota, the Republican who chairs the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, said Duncan was taking the wrong approach.

“Every student should learn in a classroom led by an excellent teacher and to help make it happen we have to fix a broken law,” he said. “It has been almost a year since the House passed a bill to revamp the nation’s K-12 education law, yet the Senate has refused to act. To make matters worse, the administration continues to create more confusion and uncertainty through unilateral actions. If Secretary Duncan really wants to support students and teachers, he will work with Congress to enact lasting K-12 education reform.”