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April 03, 2020

Betsy DeVos on Coronavirus: What Are the Feds Doing to Help Schools?

I recently talked with the U.S. secretary of education about the federal response to the coronavirus and what she's doing at the Department of Education.

January 03, 2017

10 New Year's Resolutions for Those Taking Charge at U.S. Department of Ed

Here are ten New Years' resolutions I hope Trump's incoming appointees at the U.S. Department of Education choose to embrace.

April 14, 2016

John King Is Off to Disappointing Start at Ed. Dept.

We're not even two months into King's tenure, and his Department seems intent to go on trampling the law in order to do whatever the Secretary and his team happen to think is the "right" thing to require of the nation's states, systems, and schools.

March 17, 2016

Five Items for New Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.'s To-Do List

Newly appointed Secretary of Education John King has a short term ahead of him, but there are five things I'd urge him to say and do (the sooner the better).

October 05, 2015

A Few Reflections Upon Secretary Duncan's Departure

Rather than once again address Arne Duncan's tenure as Secretary of Education, today I'm inclined to offer a couple of more personal musings.

March 12, 2014

In Which I Debate Federal Ed Policy With a UFO

I awoke with a start last night. Hovering above the floor, inches from the bed, was a figure. He wore a nice suit and avidly thumbed his iPhone, before glancing up at me.

October 16, 2013

Uncle Sam Shouldn't Try to Manage School Staffing

The Obama administration has used its Race to the Top program and unprecedented, far-reaching conditions for states seeking "waivers" from the No Child Left Behind Act's most destructive requirements as excuses to micromanage what states are doing on teacher evaluation, school turnarounds, and much else. In a new, particularly troubling twist, the administration has announced that states will henceforth have to ensure that "effective" teachers are distributed in a manner Uncle Sam deems equitable.

September 23, 2013

Arne the Octopus

Indeed, look closely at what Duncan's been up to, and it's only too easy to see Duncan's Department of Education as a sprawling octopus, with its tentacles entwined in education policy down to the individual district level.

January 28, 2013

OCR's Bizarre Disabilities & Sports Ruling: When Good Intentions Run Amok

ED's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) went way the hell over the rainbow in a well-meaning but bizarre effort to create vast new vistas of obligation and (inevitably) litigation.

December 17, 2012

ED Ranks 18th... on the Wrong Question

I don't care about aggregate satisfaction; I want to know the satisfaction of terrific, hard-working teachers and employees who are making a difference for kids.

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