“It’s all stick and carrot with Race to the Top,” he said. “You do what the Secretary [of Education] thinks is a good thing to do and you get rewarded, and if you don’t, you get punishment. That’s the problem … where you get the federal government starting to push a national curriculum or insisting on one.
“We don’t want the Secretary of Education to decide what the curriculum is in every school in America.”
“Education Minnesota has long advocated making effective early childhood learning programs available everywhere in the state. These programs are critical to closing the achievement gap in our schools, and improving education for all students will help ensure economic prosperity in our state for generations to come,” he said. “Education Minnesota is committed to working with everyone involved in education to improve learning for our students. A renewed emphasis on early childhood learning and a commitment to making it a priority would be major steps toward a stronger Minnesota.”