Gov. Neil Abercrombie today released a statement regarding U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan's recent comments in Education Week ("Race to the Top Winners Make Progress, Face Challenges, Ed. Dept. Reports; Feb. 1, 2013) indicating that the State of Hawaii "is now making real progress" in implementing its Race to the Top initiatives.
Gov. Abercrombie stated:
"Secretary Duncan's comments about Hawaii's progress are reassuring and demonstrate the positive transformations taking place in our public schools.
"We will continue to work collaboratively with the U.S. Department of Education to further improve Hawaii's status.
"Race to the Top has served as a catalyst to improve Hawaii's public education system, and represents an immense opportunity to invest in the professional growth of Hawaii's educators by providing measurable, long-term benefits for our students."