Last week, several of us attended the San Francisco School Alliance Benefit Luncheon where Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addressed the crowd. While Duncan touched on his plans for the nation and his views on education, the central message was clear: Not for decades will we have the unique opportunity that we do now to improve education. Duncan cited the current administration and Congress along with a $46.7 billion proposed Education budget and over $100 billion in ARRA funds as some of the reasons why.
Secretary Duncan is right — the time really is now. If we can’t make real strides with this kind of momentum and the resources that are available, what will it take for progress? With that said, I think it’s important to remember that money and resources simply provide us with leverage to work more effectively for change. At GreatSchools, we believe that parents are a pivotal factor in ensuring that our kids are prepared for higher education, work and life. Our hope is that parents will join us in taking advantage of the rare opportunity that we find ourselves with today.
What do you think? Is there a silver lining for education in this recession?