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Duncan Confirmed as Secretary of Education


The Senate confirmed former Chicago schools chief Arne Duncan as U.S. Secretary of Education yesterday. The confirmation isn't a surprise, given the warm reception Duncan got from the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. But, now that Duncan is officially in place, we may start hearing about some of the other positions in the Department of Education.

In the meantime, this afternoon the House Appropriations Committee is going to consider the $825 billion stimulus package, which would provide more than $120 billion for education programs. Check back at edweek.org, and this blog for the latest.


I have comment on the education of Texas I knwon that they need to change some thing when the resource class in in the middle school when the child has disabilities beside labeling them MR. So can extra moneyfrom the goverment. Tired help the child in other ways.
Thanks Karen Duncan

I am concerned that Duncan is too much caught up in trying to make the standards and testing paradigm work and is therefor not open to real transformational thinking on public schools. I am hoping that he will be more focused on implementing Obama ed policy, rather than being a major force in setting it. I am hoping that Linda Darling-Hammond will play more of a "kitchen cabinet" role in helping set Obama's ed policy.

Cooper Zale

I am encouraged that Duncan is a proponent of charter schools. If that seems counter-intuitive remember that in Illinois ALL CHARTER SCHOOLS must meet the public school standards. It is about time the playing field was level.

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