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April 14, 2014

With Time Running Out, Arne Duncan Discusses His Lengthy To-Do List

In an interview, the U.S. Secretary of Education said he wants to support implementation of common standards and overhaul teacher-prep rules. Rewriting NCLB wasn't tops on his list.

March 21, 2014

Would a New Race to the Top for Equity Fix Big Opportunity Gaps?

The new U.S. Department of Education civil rights data collection show stark disparities among disadvantaged students in everything from discipline to advanced course-taking.

March 17, 2014

Duncan Talks High Stakes Tests, ESEA Renewal, and Common Core Politics

Duncan urged state officials to be patient and to "overcommunicate" with the public during the transition to the new standards and new tests.

February 04, 2014

Arne Duncan's Chief Deputy: Second-Term Agenda Is Same as First

Jim Shelton, the acting deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, isn't putting his money on a big, bipartisan preschool bill coming out of Congress anytime soon.

January 30, 2014

Coming Soon: Education Department's 50-State Teacher-Equity Strategy

In a wide-ranging interview with reporters, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and his staff talked about teacher equity, common core, and waivers.

January 30, 2014

Beltway Insiders: For Education, Florida Governor's Race Is One to Watch

Besides the Sunshine State, Washington insiders surveyed by Whiteboard Advisors are also eyeing governors' races in New York, Texas, and Pennsylvania.

January 24, 2014

State Chiefs Pledge to Not Share Student Data With Arne Duncan, Ed. Dept.

The letter from 34 state superintendents caps a rising wave of concern that administering student assessments through two big multistage consortia puts student data privacy at risk.

January 01, 2014

How Much Sway Does Arne Duncan Have in Local Decisions, Anyway?

The U.S. Secretary of Education, who is said to have voiced an opinion on New York City's top schools job, has gotten involved in local decisions many times before.

December 18, 2013

U.S. Department of Education Still Not an Awesome Place to Work

But Education Department employees are slowly giving the agency higher marks for providing effective leadership and fostering teamwork, according to new rankings from the Partnership for Public Service.

December 14, 2013

Arne Duncan on Newtown: 'Powerful Reminder' of Need to Reduce Violence

In a statement on the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting that killed 26 people, most of them children, the U.S. secretary of education spoke of "unspeakable loss."

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