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50 Virginia college presidents protest Obama’s planned school rating system

Fifty presidents of public and private nonprofit colleges and universities in Virginia have signed a letter (see text below) to Education Secretary Arne Duncan expressing “serious reservations” about the Obama administration’s “misguided” development of a school rating system that could include data such as how much students earn after graduation.  What will be called the […]

50 Virginia college presidents protest Obama’s planned school rating system

Fifty presidents of public and private nonprofit colleges and universities in Virginia have signed a letter (see text below) to Education Secretary Arne Duncan expressing “serious reservations” about the Obama administration’s “misguided” development of a school rating system that could include data such as how much students earn after graduation.  What will be called the […]

‘Education reform’ now a pejorative term to many progressive Democrats

Earlier this year I published a post about how the Democratic Party has been split for years over the issue of corporate school reform. President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have been Democratic leaders of the dominant reform movement which seeks to transform public schools through standardized-test-based “accountability” and the expansion of charter schools. […]

‘Education reform’ now a pejorative term to many progressive Democrats

Earlier this year I published a post about how the Democratic Party has been split for years over the issue of corporate school reform. President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have been Democratic leaders of the dominant reform movement which seeks to transform public schools through standardized-test-based “accountability” and the expansion of charter schools. […]

Hugging It Out

It is rough sledding for Chicago-area Democrats these days – from Mayor Rahm Emanuel to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and his boss, the POTUS. But they can take solace from tiny thaws in the Cold War. CSN Chicago reports that while Emanuel is still Public Enemy #1 with most municipal unions, he remains the […]

The Low-Tech Reason Poor School Districts Fail Standardized Tests

You hear a lot nowadays about the magic of big data. Getting hold of the right numbers can increase revenue, improve decision-making, or help you find a mate — or so the thinking goes. In 2009, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a crowd of education researchers: "I am a deep believer in the power of data to drive our decisions. Show More Summary

Did Obama and Duncan really hear what four teachers told them?

Here is the third in a series of pieces I have been publishing about a lunch meeting that President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan had recently with four teachers from high-poverty schools that focused on education, the teaching profession and school reform. The first was a post by teacher Justin Minkel — the 2007 […]

Thompson: Arne Duncan's "Secretary Under Improvement" Plan

Was the AFT's call for Arne Duncan to be placed on a plan for improvement a stroke of political genius by its leadership? Or was it another example of what rank-in-file teachers do when we are at our best? Or, was it both? Read on (below) to find out. Show More Summary

Teachers union calls for 'improvement' plan for Arne Duncan

The American Federation of Teachers followed the National Education Association in passing a resolution sharply critical of Education Secretary Arne Duncan over the weekend. While the NEA resolution called on Duncan to simply resign, though, the AFT resolution took another approach. Show More Summary

AFT Teachers Target Obama Education Secretary Arne Duncan

According to the Los Angeles Times, on Sunday the American Federation of Teachers called on Barack Obama to chastise U.S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan by putting him on an “improvement plan” prior to dumping him. The union was not...Show More Summary

AFT calls for Education Secretary Duncan to submit to ‘improvement’ plan or resign

Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s relations with the country’s largest teachers unions — which collectively have more than 4 million members — keep getting worse. Earlier this month, the nation’s largest teachers union called for him to resign. On Sunday,  the second-largest teachers union passed a resolution that stopped short of a direct call for him […]

Teachers target Ed. Sec. Duncan at national convention in L.A.

A national teachers convention on Sunday called for President Obama to put U.S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on an “improvement plan” as a prelude to replacing him.

Readers react to what teachers told Obama

There was a lot of reaction to a post I published a few days ago about what happened when four teachers from high-poverty schools sat down with President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan for lunch at the White House to talk about education, teaching and school reform. Here are some of the reactions from […]

Common Core earns sharp criticism from teachers union that once supported it

Education Secretary Arne Duncan and his testing agenda face more criticism from teachers A week after the National Education Association's Representative Assembly called on Education Secretary Arne Duncan to resign, the American Federation...Show More Summary

What 4 teachers told Obama over lunch

President Obama sat down this week for lunch at the White House with Education Secretary Arne Duncan and four teachers to talk about education, teaching and school reform. What the teachers said to Obama is explained in the following post by Justin Minkel, the 2007 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, a board member of the […]

What 4 teachers told Obama over lunch

President Obama sat down this week for lunch at the White House with Education Secretary Arne Duncan and four teachers to talk about education, teaching and school reform. What the teachers said to Obama is explained in the following post by Justin Minkel, the 2007 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, a board member of the […]

Nation's largest teachers union calls for Arne Duncan's resignation

Teachers are increasingly ready to fight back against the sustained assault they face. On Friday, delegates at the National Education Association's Representative Assembly passed a resolution calling on Education Secretary Arne Duncan...Show More Summary

Equity vs. Excellence. Or...A Crank Phone in Every Home!

Andrew J. Coulson Education secretary Arne Duncan has just announced the Obama administration’s latest initiative to improve educational quality for low-income and minority students: pressure states to measure the distribution of “quality” teachers across districts; and then to make that distribution more uniform. Show More Summary

NEA Calls On Education Secretary Arne Duncan To Resign

While President Obama's former spokesman, Robert Gibbs, manages a national public relations campaign against teachers unions, the National Education Association (NEA) has finally decided it has had enough of Team Obama's union busting. The NEA has now called on Education Secretary Arne Duncan to resign.

Largest U.S. teachers union calls for Education Secretary Duncan to resign

Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s relations with teachers unions just got more difficult. Delegates of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union, voted at their annual convention to call on Duncan to resign after similar efforts had failed in previous years. And the NEA is about to get a new president, Lily Eskelsen García, […]

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