U.S. Education Secretary http://ripr.org en U.S. Education Secretary Defends RI Commissioner Gist http://ripr.org/post/us-education-secretary-defends-ri-commissioner-gist <p>Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Rhode Islanders should look at progress made in its schools while weighing the fate of state education commissioner Deborah Gist. Duncan made the comment on a conference call with Rhode Island reporters.</p><p>In a call of support for Gist, Duncan touted rising test scores and graduation rates as signs that the state is making progress. Teachers and parents have been outspoken in their opposition to Gist. But Duncan defends her, calling her collaborative.</p><p></p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 19:46:09 +0000 Catherine Welch 16348 at http://ripr.org U.S. Education Secretary Defends RI Commissioner Gist