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Russo Picks Wrong Anti-NCLB 'Poster Child'

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Alexander Russo helpfully proves my point. He posts a bunch of links on Arne Duncan's struggles with and resistance to the implementation of NCLB. Those clips don't prove, as Russo thinks, that Duncan is an NCLB hater. If he was, Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., wouldn't have invited him to testify in a July hearing that turned into a love-fest for the law.

One source of mine reviewed Duncan's testimony from that day. In retrospect, the source said, it sounded as if Duncan was making the case to be Barack Obama's secretary of education. Obama's endorsement of the law hasn't been resounding, but he was more supportive than the Democrats he beat for the nomination. And, like him, his nominee to be secretary of education wants to preserve key elements of the law and improve its administration.

If I had to nominate a poster child for NCLB resistance, I'd pick Reg Weaver. How about you?

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nice, try, david --
but the notion that arne duncan is an NCLB supporter still doesn't hold much water, no matter how many speeches he's given lately --

http://scholasticadministrator.typepad.com/thisweekineducation/2008/12/media-please-help-this-edweek-nclb-reporter.html

I'd nominate co-conspirators; Reg Weaver, in collaboration with the anachronistic NEA.

When are these folks going to get the message? Most stakeholders in twenty-first century America want genuine change in our schools. They want all children to have an equal opportunity to learn. Their resistance to accountability, choice, and any form of competition in our schools are as self-serving and transparent as they could possibly make them.

The AFT has seemingly budged. They’ve been willing to compromise in districts like New York City. They have not dug their heels in with a stubborn opposition at all costs to reform in our schools. So again, when is the NEA going to get it?

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