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Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s communications chief leaving for Teach For America

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is losing his second communications chief in two years. Massie Ritsch, the acting assistant secretary for communications and outreach, is leaving his job to take a new position at Teach For America..@ED_Outreach news: I will join @TeachForAmerica as civilian @MassieRitsch in January. Similar job. New challenges. Vital work. Long title. — […]

Video: While Away The Afternoon WIth Khan, Hastings, & Williams, Vanity Fair-Style

Here's a half-hour talk with Sal Khan, Reed Hastings, and Jane Williams - plus a link to the Annie Liebovitz Vanity Fair portrait of Khan and a profile by EdSec Arne Duncan.

Obama’s Sec. of Education Says Taxpayer Funded Pre-School is a Civil Right

Obama’s Secretary of Education, Chicago operative Arne Duncan, is hoping to make taxpayer funded, universal pre-school a “civil right.” During comments made in Los Angeles at the LA Universal Preschool forum on Oct. 21, Chicago hack Arne Duncan said that universal pre-school was a “social movement” that was “just like” the civil rights movement. Show More Summary

Eleven civil rights groups urge Obama to drop test-based K-12 ‘accountability’ system

Eleven national civil rights groups sent a letter Tuesday to President Obama, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and congressional leaders saying that the current standardized test-based “accountability system” for K-12 education ignores...Show More Summary

Eleven civil rights groups urge Obama to drop test-based K-12 ‘accountability’ system

Eleven national civil rights groups sent a letter Tuesday to President Obama, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and congressional leaders saying that the current standardized test-based “accountability system” for K-12 education ignores...Show More Summary

Arne Duncan Blows Standardized Smoke

As soon as CCSSO and CGCS announced their non-plan to provide PR coverage for the high stakes test-and-punish status quo, Arne Duncan was there to throw his tooter on the bandwagon. On top of an official word salad on the subject, Arne popped up in the Washington Post. Show More Summary

Does Arne Duncan think ‘suburban moms’ are a gullible bunch?

As pushback around the country grows against the standardized testing agenda of school reformers, the Council of Chief State School Officers and the Council of Great City Schools  recently put out a statement saying that it was time to rethink the amount of standardized testing kids are forced to take in public schools. Then Education […]

Does Arne Duncan think ‘suburban moms’ are a gullible bunch?

As pushback around the country grows against the standardized testing agenda of school reformers, the Council of Chief State School Officers and the Council of Great City Schools  recently put out a statement saying that it was time to rethink the amount of standardized testing kids are forced to take in public schools. Then Education […]

A Response to Gates/Duncan

from Peg Robertson at her blog: Please comment on this article Arne Duncan: A test for school tests. Even if you have time for just one line of comment - we must not allow these lies to stand as truth. Thank you everyone.Here is my comment...Show More Summary

AM News: In LA, Duncan Talks Early Childhood & Tech With Cortines

Education Secretary Duncan talks tech with L.A. Unified's Cortines LA Times: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in a brief visit to Los Angeles on Tuesday, met with newly installed L.A. Unified Supt. Ramon C. Cortines to talk about local technology problems and the state of local schools. Show More Summary

Arne’s sudden interest in improving testing

Sent to the Denver Post, Oct. 21.Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has been an enthusiastic supporter of the common core testing program, accurately described as "nonstop testing" by education expert Susan Ohanian. The common core imposes...Show More Summary

Thompson: Once Again, Mass Insight Explains What It takes to Turn Around Schools

When I first read Mass Insight's The Turnaround Challenge, I was thrilled by its holistic explanation of what it takes to turnaround the most challenging schools. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the document was his Bible, but then he violated most of its principles when establishing School Improvement Grants, dooming his SIG to failure. Show More Summary

Thompson: Once Again, Mass Insight Explains What It Takes to Turnaround Schools

When I first read Mass Insight's The Turnaround Challenge, I was thrilled by its holistic explanation of what it takes to turnaround the most challenging schools. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the document was his Bible, but then he violated most of its principles when establishing School Improvement Grants, dooming his SIG to failure. Show More Summary

Let’s Play “Who Is Arne Duncan Talking About?”

These folks are so interested in making money, they’ve lost a sense of values, they’ve lost a sense of what’s important…. I feel bad for young kids looking up to these situations. Until people start thinking beyond dollar signs, we’re going to see this kind of behavior continue to happen. Fill in the blank with […]

Arne Duncan’s “staggering statement”: Why ed reformers are having second thoughts

Major elements of their platform -- like merit pay -- have been tried and failed, author Dana Goldstein tells Salon

Morning Video: Katie Couric Explains Common Core, Duncan Reacts To Jindal

Watch Couric explain Common Core standards and then watch Arne Duncan take questions from Yahoo! News about the politics of it all (esp. Bobby Jindal).

Duncan slams Jindal's Common Core lawsuit: ‘Do the right thing for children’

Education Secretary Arne Duncan has hit back at Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal for mounting a lawsuit over the Obama administration’s Common Core academic standards, implying that the Republican lawmaker’s opposition to the controversial policy has been driven by his desire to run for president.

AM News: Chicago's Emanuel Backs Down On Obama High School

Connecticut Governor To Arne Duncan: Let's Start a Dialogue About Testing PK12: He's considering allowing eleventh graders who, he writes, may be among the most overtested students, to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test or SAT, during the school day, in lieu of the Smarter Balanced high school exam. Show More Summary

Newark Students Hold the Line Against Police Horse & Motorcycle

Arne Duncan, are you seeing this? Washington Post, are you watching? Time Magazine? CNN? CBS? This is happening now, outside the headquarters of Newark Public Schools where students have been waiting all day, protesting the 'One Newark'...Show More Summary

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