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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

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

4 weeks 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

AM News: Ramping Up For Friday's House ESEA Reauthorization Effort

More Conflict Over Cutting Federal Role in Education NYT: Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Monday produced data that he said showed that poorer districts would suffer under a Republican plan expected to clear the House of Representatives this week. Show More Summary

No Child Left Behind: how to end 'teaching to the test'

When U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said last year that the incessant focus on testing was “sucking the oxygen” out of public school classrooms, his statement seemed like a pointed criticism of the federal No Child Left Behind Act and of his own long-standing policies. For the...

No Child Left Behind’s test-based policies failed. Will Congress keep them anyway?

Education Secretary Arne Duncan wrote on the department’s website here that “for more than a decade, states and schools throughout this country have worked within the narrow confines of the No Child Left Behind law,” and that “it’s long past time to move past that law, and replace it with one that expands opportunity, increases […]

Teacher tells Congress: ‘We simply cannot ignore the stunning impact of income inequality and high child poverty’

Congress is finally attempting to rewrite No Child Left Behind — a task it was supposed to accomplish in 2007 — even as Education Secretary Arne Duncan has predicted a 50-50 chance that the task will be completed. Hearings by legislators have started, and this past week Democrats in the House held a forum to […]

Why Won't Arne Duncan and Other True Believers in High-Stakes Testing Face Reality?

Democrats who support test-driven reform are showcasing a kinder, gentler soundbite to defend the indefensible. No longer do they take the "Sister Soldja" position, showing how macho they are by beating up on two of their most loyal constituencies - teachers and unions. Show More Summary

Researchers urge Arne Duncan to drop proposed teacher prep regulations

The U.S. Education Department late last year released a draft set of regulations for colleges of education, saying that too many teachers are not prepared to do their jobs well. The draft regulations, which would include ratings of schools by department-set criteria, were immediately controversial with educators and researchers for several reasons, including a provision […]

Expanding the floor of the cage

Sent to the Washington Post, Jan 22, 2015Re: "What are the odds that Congress actually rewrites No Child Left Behind? 50-50, Arne Duncan says." (Jan 21).In their hearings on the reauthorization of the education law, the Senate Education...Show More Summary

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In education policy, the Party of Bush II has become the Party of Obama and Clinton. The loser, Arne Duncan, has even adopted the "bigotry" bit in his last speech--Bush's "bigotry of low expectations" has become the "bigotry of the optional."...Show More Summary

Obamas Honor Martin Luther King Day With Community Service

The Obama family will spend part of Martin Luther King Day volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington. Cabinet officials are also fanning out for service projects. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough are volunteering at a high school in Southeast Washington, D.C. Secretary of [...]

Reality Check: Why Accept What the Feds Are Offering?

Monty Neill finds himself in the unenviable, though totally expected, position of doing PR for the corporate unions, who find themselves in bed with Arne Duncan and Bill Gates on testing. Here is what Monty posted to all the lists:Reality...Show More Summary

Thompson: John Merrow's Wish/Hope List for 2015

PBS’s John Merrow, in What’s Ahead in 2015?, starts with an astute observation about the watch dog who didn’t bark. Outcomes-loving Arne Duncan had just said that his predictions for the upcoming year were more, more, more and more increases in non-controversial supports and squishy targets. Show More Summary

AM News: Duncan Support For Annual NCLB Testing (Is This News?)

Administration Doubling Down on K-12 Priorities, Ed. Sec. Arne Duncan Declares PK12: Duncan is making it clear he doesn't think that Republicans in Congress—who could introduce draft proposals that make significant changes to federal testing mandates as early as this week—are on the right track. Show More Summary

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