“Don’t let perfect get in the way of good”- Arne Duncan 3.23.12

FROM DFM: http://www.delawarefirst.org/24404-education-secretary-delaware-race-to-the-top

“Don’t let perfect get in the way of good,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan reiterated that mantra more than once during a roundtable discussion on Delaware education reform with about 40 stakeholders from across the state Friday.

Now halfway through the current school year, Delaware is examining its progress with Race to the Top initiatives put into practice this year and Duncan was in Wilmington to hear feedback, take questions and give encouragement to educators and private partners. (Read previous coverage on evaluating Delaware’s RTTT efforts here)

“Delaware has been very aggressive,” said Duncan.  “The eyes of the nation are on Delaware. There is a lot of hard work ahead of the state between now and the fall, but I’m confident the state will get there.”

Two years ago, Delaware and Tennessee were the first two states to receive federal Race to the Top funds.  Delaware officials are now in the process of using the $119 million the state received over four years to address low-performing schools, student achievement gaps and supporting teachers and staff to make students career and college ready.

Really, that’s the wisdom? After watching your remarks, it is clear that Governor Markell’s confirmation bias has caused him to tell you his version of the truth….we’re still working on him with this Mr. Secretary…not that you’d want to hear it if he told it to you…but we’ll keep trying….


Note to teachers, remember this line, you will hear it again, and again. “This is the Teachers plan” – Arne Duncan


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