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April 21, 2016

Mr. Duncan's Sad Legacy

In Shakespeare's Macbeth, when reporting that Cawdor died with honor, Malcolm observes, "Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it." It's too bad that Mr. Duncan didn't figure this out regarding his own departure from public office.

September 24, 2015

Arne Duncan Really 'F---ing' Cares About Kids

The Secretary of Education, his allies, and his underlings see Duncan as uniquely sincere in his commitment to the nation's students... but I don't think that makes him unique.

April 28, 2014

Duncan's Trip Down the Waiver Rabbit Hole

On Thursday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan yanked Washington State's NCLB waiver, forcing the state to again operate under provisions of a law that Duncan has declared "broken."

April 25, 2014

Superintendent Duncan Yanks Washington's Waiver

Showing the taste for power that has led Sen. Lamar Alexander to accuse him of thinking he runs a national school board, yesterday Secretary of Education Arne Duncan yanked Washington state's "waiver" from the No Child Left Behind Act. In his letter, Duncan expressed his disappointment in the failure of Washington state's legislature to heed his instruction "to put in place teacher and principal evaluation and support systems that take into account information on student learning growth based on high-quality college- and career-ready (CCR) State assessments as a significant factor in determining teacher and principal performance levels."

January 13, 2014

The Problem With Sec. Duncan Playing HR Guru

I like our earnest Secretary of Education. I think he means well. That said, I've had serious reservations about the way he has approached his office, including his approach to Race to the Top, NCLB waivers, and the Common Core. Secretary Duncan has unapologetically and aggressively extended the federal role in education.

December 03, 2012

Tom Friedman's Embarrassing Man-Crush on Sec. Duncan

Many people say nice things about our earnest Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. It's easy to see why, even if one thinks the Obama administration has made its share of mistakes on education. He's a pleasant, even-tempered guy; has comported himself in Chicago and D.C. with class; and has gotten s...

August 11, 2011

The Duncan Precedent, 2013 Edition

The Obama administration steadfastly refuses to acknowledge the problems with ED's "backdoor blueprint" waiver strategy or the ugly precedent that it's trying to set. But those with even a glimmer of imagination can see where this is going... Transcript from Fox News Channel January 13, 2013 Chris...

June 14, 2011

"Waivers" Are Fine...Back-Door Legislating Via "Strings"? Not So Much

There seems to be some confusion about the problem with our earnest Secretary of Education's chest-thumping promise to take things into his own hands if Congress doesn't fix NCLB by August. The problem is not that he's pledging to waive some of the law's goofy provisions. No one is disputing that ...

June 13, 2011

Sec. Duncan Seems to Regard Constitution as so Much Tissue on Bottom of His Shoe

Our earnest Secretary of Education, who famously (and bizarrely) promised Congress a billion-dollar edu-bonus if it reauthorized NCLB by the administration's deadline and to the President's satisfaction, was back at it on Friday. Exhibiting the administration's patented disinterest in the niceties ...

March 04, 2011

Breakfast at Arne's

As Michele McNeil reported, a few of us wandered over to 400 Maryland yesterday morning for croissants and chit-chat with the Secretary of Education. Michele, being the stellar reporter she is, gives a fair rundown of the news of the day. If you're interested in a full account, go read her post. ...

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