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Rhode Island's Gov. Carcieri: The Next Republican Ed. Secretary?

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One of his spokesmen seems to think so.

Check out this story about Rhode Island Gov. Donald L. Carcieri in the Providence Journal. (You have to scroll down about half-way through this story to get to the Carcieri education secretary nugget.) The Republican governor's communications director told a local talk-radio audience earlier this month that if former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney wins the presidency, there's talk that Carcieri will be tapped as his secretary of education.

From the way the article reads, however, Carcieri is by no means a shoe-in for the post. After all, even though campaign season is heating up, Janaury 2009 (when we'll have a new president) is still a long way away.

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As a Rhode Island public school parent, I'll say that perhaps this prospect will spur Carceiri to do what's right for the kids in Rhode Island right now - an equitable school funding formula foremost.

See this ProJo article from today's paper for more on the need for the formula. RI's one of the few states that doesn't have one, perpetuating inequities due to extreme reliance on property taxes for school funding.


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