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Secretary Duncan: Do what works

In his recent speech on education reform, President Obama made this promise to us:

Secretary Duncan will use only one test when deciding what ideas to support with your precious tax dollars: It’s not whether an idea is liberal or conservative, but whether it works.”

On the Senate floor, Dick Durbin of Illinois told us:

Allowing the program to continue through end of next school year (2009–2010) will give Congress a chance to examine all the evidence to determine whether or not this program works.”

And in 2003, when debating the original authorization of the OSP, Senator Diane Feinstein of California said:

Let’s try it for 5 years, and then let’s compare progress and let’s see if this model can work for these District youngsters.”

Now that the research is in, we know: it works.

Please write the President, Secretary Duncan, Senator Durbin, Senator Feinstein, your elected representatives – and perhaps most importantly, Mayor Fenty – and let them know that you expect them to support this program, particularly now that we have evidence that it works.


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