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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

Ipswich Middle School Sixth-Graders v. Standardized Tests

Last week, two sixth-grade classes in Ipswich, Massachusetts, sent what we lawyers lovingly term a “strongly worded letter” to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan demanding that he and/or major testing companies compensate them for the time they spent trying out a proposed new standardized test. Show More Summary

Education Secretary says he’s still optimistic on new K12 law

Education Secretary Arne Duncan told state school chiefs meeting in Washington on Monday that the Elementary and Secondary Education law is at heart a civil rights law, and that the… Click to Continue »...

2015 NCAA basketball champs — by academic performance

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is a serious basketball player –  co-captaining the Harvard varsity team and playing professionally, mostly in Australia — so it’s no surprise the department he leads likes to put a spotlight on academic performance among sports teams. The Education Department published on its Homeroom blog  a piece titled “A Different Approach […]

Six questions for Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Will he answer them?

Sheri G. Lederman has been teaching for more than 15 years as a fourth-grade teacher  in New York’s Great Neck Public School district to students who routinely outperform state averages on math and English standardized tests.As I wrote in this post last year, she is a highly regarded educator, according to district Superintendent Thomas Dolan. […]

School Funding Inequality Makes Education 'Separate And Unequal,' Arne Duncan Says

last monthNews : Huffington Post

Many school systems remain "fundamentally separate and unequal," U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday, with 23 states spending more per pupil in affluent school districts than they do in high-poverty districts. What's more,...Show More Summary

Student loan “fraud factory”: How 15 students took on Arne Duncan — and refused to repay their debt

Recipients of predatory loans, these students went on strike and pressed Arne Duncan. Here's why they just may win

Georgia’s education chief has some words for Arne Duncan

Richard Woods became the State School Superintendent of Georgia last month after spending 22 years in public education in various roles: teacher, teacher mentor, assistant principal, principal, curriculum director, testing coordinator,...Show More Summary

Arne Duncan Spends Visit To Local Elementary School Looking At UFO Books In Library

2 months agoHumor : The Onion

WASHINGTON—Saying the cabinet official could be heard periodically muttering exclamations of surprise and amazement, sources at Harriet Tubman Elementary School told reporters that Education Secretary Arne Duncan spent the entirety of his visit Thur...

One Key Part of Fixing No Child Left Behind: Take Out the Racial Focus

I enjoyed Frederick Hess’s article today, and was particularly happy to see this:  “[Education Secretary Arne] Duncan’s wish list has included race-based performance targets.... The Student Success Act [the Republican No Child Left Behind...Show More Summary

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