US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings was Friday's guest. Here are excerpts from her remarks:
"I am willing to consider more flexible approaches on things that are not in the bright lines of the statute. Exhibit A in that regard is some flexibility with respect to assessment of special ed students, which is based in our newest and best research."
"It is something we need to pay more attention to at the department and around the country.... That's a lot harder problem to solve than buying more metal detectors or [hiring] more security guards."
"It is a confusing process. I am the doggone secretary of education, and I am fumbling around at Barnes & Noble trying to find the book to figure out [the process].... It is not a very sophisticated way to make one of the most important and most expensive decisions you are going to make."
"The White House is a 24/7, around-the-clock machine. The Department of Education is less like that. The White House [is] ... this close-knit family. I was in that little family ... and now I am over here. I moved away from my parents and now I've got my own house."