Secretary of Education Sits Down With Rick Perry

Friday, March 9, 2012

In between back-to-back speaking engagments in Texas, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan met with sometime political adversary Gov. Rick Perry to discuss a possible waiver on the No Child Left Behind Act.

So far, Texas has not joined the almost 40 states that have asked for relief from the federal law's 2014 goals for student academic achievement. The state has held back from requesting a waiver because of concerns about adhering to the associated federal guidelines for academic standards and teacher evaluations.

Catherine Frazier, a Perry spokeswoman, said the governor was looking into the possibility of a waiver but would do what was best for the state.

"Gov. Perry has always said that he believes education is best administered at the state and local level," she said.

During their private meeting, which lasted about 30 minutes, the pair also discussed the Obama administration's Community College to Career Fund and tuition rates in higher education.

In August, Duncan publicly criticized the governor, saying the state's schools had "really struggled" under his leadership.

"I feel very, very badly for the children there,” he said in an interview on Bloomberg Television.

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