Posted by: abcdyg | December 15, 2009

U.S. Education Secretary Visits Atlanta

ATLANTA (MyFOX ATLANTA) – The U.S. education secretary said an Atlanta charter school is doing a lots of things right. Arne Duncan was in Atlanta Monday as part of his nationwide tour. The effort comes as Congress prepares to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Atlanta Tech High is in the spotlight because it’s a public charter school that works. That’s one of the reasons U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson held a listening and learning session on the future of education in the state.

Duncan said there’s room for everyone at the table.

“Districts were skeptical of charters, charters were reluctant to share their success,” said Duncan.

The secretary got an earful on what’s working well and what needs fixing when it comes to education in Georgia. It didn’t take long for the issue of funding to surface.

Duncan said he likes the idea of creating standards nationwide and that educators should not focus on test scores, but student growth and achievement.

Duncan wrapped up his visit with a closed door session at Grady High School. There, Duncan and students talked about ridding communities of violence, which educators believe is a prerequisite to school reform.

Duncan told the crowd public education has unprecedented access to more than $10 billion in federal grants as part of the recent stimulus package.


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