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Senate Democrats Slam Arne Duncan Over 'Business As Usual' Treatment Of Controversial Contractor

Last May, after the Justice Department accused one of his contractors of intentionally cheating active-duty troops on their federal student loans, Education Secretary Arne Duncan was asked whether Navient Corp. would lose its lucrative contract. Show More Summary

Didn't dullard Duncan say Katrina was the best thing to happen to New Orleans?

“…let me be really honest. I think the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans was Hurricane Katrina.” — Arne Duncan The absolute worst education President, and Secretary of Education in U.S. history. For Immediate...Show More Summary

Is the Illusion of Equity a Civil Right?

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently gave an interview in which he stated that the federal government "would have an obligation to step in" if states fail to crack down on the parents like me who make the choice to opt their children out of standardized tests. Show More Summary

Education Secretary Arne Duncan talks dollars, and roars like a lion

The nation is moving too slowly in terms of providing quality preschool to its youngest learners, especially low-income children who desperately need a strong educational foundation, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Monday morning at a bilingual preschool in Langley Park, Md.Read full article >>

Federal Officials Pledge To Do More To Support Baltimore Youth

Federal officials visited students at Baltimore's Frederick Douglass High School on Wednesday and pledged to help support the teens' futures. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez spent the day listening to...Show More Summary

AM News: Obama Officials Huddle At Baltimore's Douglass HS

U.S. Cabinet secretaries visit Douglass High School Baltimore Sun: U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Education Secretary Arne Duncan spent Wednesday afternoon at Frederick Douglass High School, where they discussed financial literacy and heard students' concerns about the lack of jobs and opportunities in Baltimore. Show More Summary

Thompson: A White Suburban Dad Named Arne Duncan Needs Out

New York Board of Regents Chancellor Meryl Tisch says that "it’s been well over a year since I’ve had someone talk to me about instruction and curriculum. Everyone has talked to me about evaluations." Well duh! We are in the middle of a wonderful democratic moment as the Opt Out movement is poised to kill the high stakes testing vampire. Show More Summary

Duncan Blames Parents for Testing Trauma--Threatens Federal Intervention for Out Out

If there is anything that can turn an opt-out firestorm into a complete conflagration that could consume the entire testing-industrial complex, it would be threats from the bullet-headed corporate bureaucrat, Arne Duncan. And sure enough, he delivered on Tuesday: U.S. Show More Summary

Quotes: Duncan Laments Lack Of Urgency From Parents & Others

What we don’t have is enough parents beating down our door saying ‘go faster...You never have critique saying ‘do more.’ The critique is always ‘slow down, slow down...’ - EdSec Arne Duncan via EdSurge News (What Education Writers Are Reporting On)

The odd thing Arne Duncan told Congress

On March 4, Education Secretary Arne Duncan appeared before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to discuss the Obama administration’s 2016 budget request for the Education Department. Show More Summary

Morning Video: Arne Duncan's Impenetrable Wall Of Talking Points

Last week, MSNBC's Chris Hayes tried valiantly to get past EdSec Duncan's talking points (Why is Common Core so controversial?) Curmudgucation tears it apart here. At least Duncan now limits his "race-to-the-bottom" claims about NCLB to 20 states. Show More Summary

Freshmen Ineligibility: An Old-but-Wise Approach to Improving Academics in College Basketball

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan ushered in the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament earlier this month with an op-ed in The Washington Post arguing that schools should only qualify for post-season play if they are on track to graduate at least 40 percent of their players. Show More Summary

This week in the war on workers: Federal janitors and zoo groundskeepers file wage theft complaint

Education Secretary Arne Duncan's office is cleaned by an underpaid janitor. The minimum wage isn't the only wage rate that applies—or should apply—to many federal contract workers, and a group of people who work in Washington, DC, institutions say they're not getting the pay they're legally entitled to. Show More Summary

More Scrutiny Needed of the University of Phoenix's Recruiting Practices

At Higher Ed Watch, we recently called on U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to open an investigation into allegations that the University of Phoenix, the country's largest chain of for-profit colleges, had deliberately tried to manipulate its cohort default rate. Show More Summary

Memo to Duncan: Investigate the University of Phoenix

Soon after Arne Duncan is officially sworn in as the new U.S. Secretary of Education, he should make a real and immediate break with the past by opening an investigation into allegations that the University of Phoenix (UOP), the country's...Show More Summary

10 Higher Ed Questions for Arne Duncan

Education Secretary-Designate Arne Duncan will appear before the Senate Heath, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee for his confirmation hearing on Tuesday morning. While Higher Ed Watch won't be there to grill Duncan, we do have some tough questions on higher education policy for the Chicago Public Schools chief. Show More Summary

Duncan: New law must include early childhood ed, oversight of states

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the nation’s main federal education law, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday that Congress needs to craft a modern version that stays true to the law’s intent: to create equal educational opportunity for all children.Read full article >>

NCLB, the States Rights Version

Since yesterday's release of Lamar Alexander's Senate Committee's new atrophied version of NCLB (this one is less than 600 pages), Arne Duncan must be feeling entirely unappreciated this morning. After all, Duncan has been a loyal licker...Show More Summary

#TBT: Way, Way Back When Arne Duncan Was Still New

Way back in the early 2000's, Arne Duncan was still the new guy in town and folks were trying to figure out what had happened under Mayor Daley's first education czar, Paul Vallas. I edited a book about it for the Harvard Education Press,...Show More Summary

Selfies: Oh No, Duncan's Mastered The Selfie Stick

Graduating seniors from Stoney Nakoda Nation are role models committed to strengthening their community. pic.twitter.com/Z9XIIXusCC — Arne Duncan (@arneduncan) March 31, 2015

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