first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan 20 other governors at a symposium put on by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Education Leadership and Policy.  As vice-chairman of the NGA and chair of NGA Center for Best Practices, Governor Douglas co-hosted the event with former Governor Jim Hunt (D-NC) and Governor Bev Perdue (D-NC). This is a tremendous opportunity for me and my colleagues to share our thoughts, ideas and experiences with one another and with the Obama Administration, Governor Douglas said.  While Vermont students are among the brightest in the country, I looking forward to bringing back ideas that can help improve our system of education by making it more innovative, efficient and cost-effective, he added.Vermont will receive about $140 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for education and the state will compete for millions more in competitive Race to the Top and other grants.  One-time ARRA money offers a real opportunity to transform education in Vermont, but we can t spend this money as if it is business-as-usual in a way that builds up base government spending, the Governor said.  A wise deployment of these funds has the potential to better prepare our students for a rapidly changing economy, while creating a more cost-effective system of education in Vermont.The Governors Education Symposium, which concludes on June 15, is comprised of working sessions that will focus on standards and assessments, teacher effectiveness, support for low-performing schools and maximizing the Race to the Top Funds. Source: Governor Douglas’ officelast_img

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