U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan delivered a major policy speech to the National Governor’s Association Education Symposium in Cary Monday nite. It contained the usual niceties about how the states must lead reform but also had this little gem:
Today, perhaps for the first time, we have enough money to really make a difference. We have proven strategies for success in schools and across America. The only question is whether we have the political courage — the will to make the tough choices that are right for our kids.
No doubt those in power think $48 billion in stimulus money for the schools helps the cause. Still, it’s the first time I have ever heard an educator say we have enough money. If you listened closely you might have even heard the jaws bouncing off the floor.