An Education Secretary’s View of Minnesota
Reposted from StarTribune by Arne Duncan, U.S. secretary of education
The state is making good efforts in giving students a strong start.
The best ideas to put children on a path to school success rarely come from Washington, D.C.
President Obama has put forward a plan to make high-quality preschool affordable for all children — a vital step in putting young people on a path to a thriving middle class. As I saw firsthand in a pair of visits in the Minneapolis area on Tuesday, that effort builds on the work of states like Minnesota.
The day began at Pond Early Childhood Family Center in Bloomington, where I sat with students who sang a song, recited the alphabet and discussed some of their favorite words. The visit was an inspiring example of great educators helping kids get ready for kindergarten in a setting of joy and support. Read the rest of this entry →