US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently proposed to redirect $15 billion from correctional facilities toward increasing teachers' salaries in high poverty schools. It is both practical and eminently plausible. And with the right kind of leadership and advocacy, it might even become probable.
Arne Duncan did not invent political networks. And yet, to use a term of education professors Janelle Scott and Catherine DiMartino, he has acted as a "gatekeeper" by bringing a private network to the fore in education, and further opening public education to privatized influences.
In many cases these schools charge too much, and they spend too little on instruction. As to admitting students whom the program won't help, sometimes these owners say they just can't predict who will succeed and who won't.
Obama and Duncan are obviously disconnected from the trauma that their market-driven, test-score-obsessed education agenda has wreaked upon a public education system about which neither has any firsthand, substantive knowledge.
Arne Duncan is leaving as Barack Obama's Secretary of Education. Unbelievably, President Obama found someone just as bad to replace him, Deputy Secretary of Education John King who in his previous job was New York State Education Commissioner.
Kevin McCarthy is not worthy. Of using the English language correctly, among other things. Amusingly, though, this will likely not stop him from becoming the next speaker of the House.
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During my recent visit to Ke Kula 'o Nāwahīokalani'ōpu'u Iki Public Charter School on Hawaii Island, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet with students of all ages, teachers, parents and administrators.
My first thought was about the fate of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), the latest version of which is the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).
The fight is far from over. The industry's effort to strike down the Obama gainful employment rule -- a modest measure that would weed out from federal aid eligibility just a small fraction of the programs that leave students with crushing debt -- continues today in Congress and the courts.
On September 18, 2015, US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stopped in Pittsburgh at private university, Carnegie Mellon, to promote Common Core and its tests.
Jitu Brown and the Chicago activists have taken the fight to a new level. They insist that Chicago Public Schools engage with the communities they are there to serve. If CPS undertakes any further uncollaborative action, it risks not only a symbolic, but an actual, devastating response.
Obama's prison reform agenda is pushing on towards the possibility of achieving another milestone for the reduction of recidivism in this country.
No other advanced nation in the world evaluates its teachers on test scores or subjects it children to relentless testing and calls it "education"! Why, then, does America? The answer is simple -- there's money in it!
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.
It's time to ask: When the Department of Education refuses to enforce its own laws, who pays the price? Right now, the answer is simple: hundreds of thousands of students around the country. It's time for that to change -- but it won't if Secretary Arne Duncan keeps blaming Congress for his own Department's failures.