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Arne Duncan Education Secretary

Mind Filling

Deborah Gale | Posted 11.12.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Deborah Gale

With Rugby World Cup fervor on the wane, I find my attention turning to matters of the minds -- of those rugby players. I did a quick check on the av...

Education Secretary Arne Duncan To Step Down In December

AP | Sam Levine | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Arne Duncan, one of the longest-serving members of President Barack Obama's Cabinet, will step down in Dec...

Arne Duncan's Legacy

Diane Ravitch | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

It will take years to recover from the damage that Arne Duncan's policies have inflicted on public education. He exceeded the authority of his office to promote a failed agenda, one that had no evidence behind it. The next president and the next Secretary of Education will have an enormous job to do to restore our nation's public education system from the damage done by Race to the Top.

False Apologies From Arne Duncan

Yohuru Williams | Posted 12.19.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

It is perhaps not surprising, in an election season when so many of those who attempted to impose these changes stand to lose their jobs that Duncan and others would feign a change of heart. If you listen carefully, it is not really a change at all.

The White House Takes A Major Step To Improve The Quality Of Teachers

Reuters | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

By Will Dunham and Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON, April 25 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has directed the Department of Education to...

Arne Duncan Has Yet To Comment On College Athletics Ruling

AP | Posted 03.28.2014 | College

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday he wasn't ready to discuss the stunning ruling on American college a...

Holding Arne Duncan to a Higher Standard

Jason Stanford | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Jason Stanford

Pearson, the testing company that has gotten rich by making American students fill in little bubbles all day long, is advising the White House on how to whip us all into college-ready shape.

Coddling, Competition and the Common Core

Wendy S. Grolnick | Posted 02.01.2014 | Education
Wendy S. Grolnick

Parents feel that they are pawns in a race to outperform other countries. Parents don't care about how their kids are faring in relation to Finland or South Korea. They care about the education and well-being of their children.

What Arne Duncan Can Learn From Texas Moms

Jason Stanford | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Jason Stanford

It's not every day that Democrats and Republicans get to shake their fist in the same direction. That honor goes to Education Sec. Arne Duncan whose insult against "white, suburban moms" has sparked outrage from the tea party to teachers unions.

Common Core Critics Are Not Pleased With Arne Duncan

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he regrets his "clumsy phrasing" in singling out white suburban moms for opposing new higher ...

Silly Season at the US Department of Education

Patricia McGuire | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Can anybody have a serious difference of opinion with the Secretary Arne Duncan without being dismissed as silly?

An Armchair Dad Questions Arne Duncan

Jason Stanford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Texas hasn't gone soft. As a parent of two sons in public school, I can vouch that we all still want our kids to get good grades so they can go to good colleges. But the tests, which were promised to bring improvements, are increasingly impediments to education.

Cheating Teachers Teach Cheats

Victor Dorff | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Victor Dorff

Cases of teachers and principals changing their students' answers after the test, or filling in the correct answers that students left blank, have made headlines in recent months.

The Cheating Will Continue Until Morale Improves

Jason Stanford | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

A new General Accounting Office report demonstrates that cheating by school officials on standardized tests has become commonplace despite the use of security measures the report recommends.

Secretary Of Education Admits Standardized Test Have Big Flaws

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan conceded Tuesday that there are serious flaws in standardized testing, telling attendees at a meeting of the Americ...

School Turnaround Americorps Program Will Cost $15M, Target Poor Performance Says Arne Duncan

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- High school dropouts are costing some $1.8 billion in lost tax revenue every year, education advocates said in a report released Monday....

Arne Duncan Presses Stricter Gun Laws

AP | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nation's schools chief says more needs to be done to make sure children live long enough to attend college. He is joining more than ...

Joy Resmovits

Arne Duncan: Toll Of Student Deaths 'Untenable' | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in a forthcoming interview with Bloomberg Radio, reiterated his plans for a big push on early childhood educa...

Arne Duncan To Stay At Education Department, Source Says

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 03.16.2013 | Education

WASHINGTON — An Education Department official says Secretary Arne Duncan will remain in President Barack Obama's Cabinet into a second term. Th...

Duncan Chokes Up Over 'Haunting' Gun Violence: Too Many Children Saying 'If' I Grow Up

Posted 12.23.2012 | Education

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is calling for action against gun violence, fighting back tears during his first public interview since the sc...

Arne Duncan Hails Newtown Teachers' 'Quiet Heroism'

Posted 12.19.2012 | Education

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is visiting Newtown, Conn., Wednesday, following the Friday massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that took the ...

Duncan Calls For Textbooks To Become Obsolete

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- Worried your kids spend too much time with their faces buried in a computer screen? Their schoolwork may soon depend on it. Education S...

Has Teach For America Betrayed Its Mission?

Reuters | Posted 10.16.2012 | Education

By Stephanie Simon Aug 16 (Reuters) - When Wendy Kopp, just out of Princeton, founded Teach for America in 1989, she d...

Higher Education, Student Loans: Victors and Victims

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 10.07.2012 | College
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

By producing a comprehensive plan for the reform of higher education in a manner that treats students as customers, the Attainment Commission can put them on the road to being victors rather than victims.

Arne Duncan: Parents Are Children's Most Important Teachers

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO and CAROLE FELDMAN | Posted 08.06.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- A more well-rounded curriculum with less focus on a single test. Higher academic standards and more difficult classwork. Continued cuts ...