Education Sec. Duncan promotes Preschool for All to close 'opportunity gap'
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Jul 16, 2013
Pity Arne Duncan. No matter the news he’s come to share, whenever the U.S. secretary of education sets foot in Minnesota he’s somehow upstaged by a local.
In Bloomington Tuesday morning to promote a White House proposal that could funnel nearly $39 million to Minnesota preschoolers, Duncan drew a capacity crowd of educators and policymakers to Kennedy High School.
The brand-new director of Minnesota’s relatively new Office of Early Learning, Melvin Carter, stole the secretary’s show and had members of a VIP panel — including the governor — eating out of his hand.
When Duncan made a joke about President Barack Obama giving a summertime audience permission to lose their suit coats, Carter whipped his off with a flourish. Panelists and audience members alike cracked up.
Displaying an understanding of Minnesota’s pre-K landscape that clearly predates his May appointment as the state’s early-ed czar, the former St. Paul City Council member made sure his guests looked good in front of Duncan by serving them dead-on follow-up questions.
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