One of the stock phrases that Arne Duncan uses in his speeches is the that “there is not a day that he doesn’t think about Martin Luther King.”
Duncan will say that his agenda of competitive school funding, school closings, charter schools, the undermining of teacher union contracts and the punitive use of standardized test results (it is becoming harder and harder to come up with a single term to describe his expansive plans for destroying public education) is the “civil rights movement of today”
According to the Civil Rights Movement and organizations of today, apparently it is not.
In fact, you could say that stopping the Duncan/Obama education agenda is the civil rights movement of today.
On Monday seven of the major civil rights organizations in the country issued a report condemning the Duncan/Obama education agenda as discriminatory and a retreat from the goals of equality and equity.
The civil right to a high-quality education is connected to individuals, not the states, and federal policy should be framed accordingly. Good federal policy should mitigate political inequities that serve as barriers to delivering the ultimate change that is so plainly desired and needed. By emphasizing competitive incentives in this economic climate, the majority of low-income and minority students will be left behind and, as a result, the United States will be left behind as a global leader.