U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today issued the following statement on New York's agreement on evaluation guidelines.
"Just a couple of months ago, I voiced my department's concerns that nearly a billion dollars in federal investments for education reform was at-risk. Yesterday, New York made clear that it wants to be a leader in education reform. The challenging conversation happening there over last several weeks is a testament to how tough this work is and why, for far too long, comprehensive and meaningful education reform hasn't happened. Yesterday's agreement is proof that tough-minded collaboration is possible.
"I want to commend Governor Cuomo, President Dick Iannuzzi, the members of NYSUT, Commissioner King, and everyone involved for coming together to ensure that schools across New York can maintain the significant and historical investment Race to the Top and other reform dollars will make in the New York's education system. Governor Cuomo stepped up and showed real courage. I hope more governors follow his lead."