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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #16)
Sun Nov 18, 2012, 11:32 PM
dflprincess (21,864 posts)
19. He wouldn't dare come right out and say it - Obama needed teachers for reelection
but he has implied it. And, now that the election is over, who knows what they will do?
U.S. education secretary sticks by charter schools, measuring teachers by student results
And he said, "I am the biggest champion for high performing charter schools."
"First of all, it has been a remarkable year for charter schools. We've seen a number of states remove barriers to innovation. I've visited a number of charter schools in a dozen or more states, been to dozens of charter schools around the country, and I've just been amazed by the quality, the commitment, the difference that charter schools are making in students lives. I've been to school after school where achievement gaps have basically been eliminated, where children in inner-city communities are performing as well, if not better, than their counterparts in much wealthier suburbs. And for all the challenges we face in this country educationally, the reason why I'm actually so optimistic is because you guys are helping to demonstrate what's possible, where there are high expectations, where there is an absolute belief that every child can be successful. And I want to thank you for that remarkable commitment...
Having said that, I want to challenge this group. There are a couple of things that I think we have to do much better, frankly, as a movement. We know where the opposition comes from; we know what the challenges are. I think this charter community maybe hasn't been as active at taking out some of those challenges and addressing them. I have a couple thoughtsóa four-point planójust to put on the table for you guys to think about, that I think in the upcoming year will be critical to the long-term health and vitality of the charter movement."
...They all make up the growing charter school movement that the Obama administration would like to see flourish.
"The charter movement is absolutely one of the most profound changes in American education, bringing new options to underserved communities and introducing competition and innovation into the education system," Education Secretary Arne Duncan told attendees at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools' annual conference last week
With $100 billion in stimulus funding for education, including $4.35 billion in the competitive Race to the Top fund to improve education quality, Duncan has offered a stern warning to states: Embrace charters or risk losing stimulus dollars.
"States that don't have charter laws or put artificial caps on the growth of charter schools will jeopardize their applications under the Race to the Top fund," Duncan told reporters last month. "Simply put, they put themselves at a competitive disadvantage for the largest pool of discretionary dollars states have ever had access to."
There are a lot more links just Google "arne duncan charter schools "
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