USDE boss Arne Duncan has issued his rules to states for getting a share of the piddly $3.5 billion in school improvement grant money. 1. Fire the principal and half the staff, or 2. Close the school and give it to a private management company, or 3. Close the school and send the students to […]Read More The “Duncan Rules.”
Herb Kohl says Arne misread his book. Rethinking Schools on the myth of the “Chicago Miracle.” Duncan pals around with Rubert Murdoch. Catalyst reports new evidence of Duncan’s failure to improve Chicago high schools. Duncan speech focuses on Teach for America. Offers them millions of stimulus bucks. Is this Bipartisanship crap giving you the creeps? Is […]Read More Friday Duncan wrap-up.
It is a most impressive thing. Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter shattered the men’s 100 meter record by the biggest margin in over thirty years. I love a race where great athletes train for years and choose to devote their lives to competitive athletics. It is a thrill to watch. It has little to do […]Read More What child gets left behind if we’re racing to the top?
In These Times’ Michelle Chen wonders if the Arne’s Race to the Top will leave teachers at the starting line. As the Obama administration funnels stimulus money into public schools, states will compete for a $4.3 billion fund known as Race to the Top. But the strings attached to the money reflect a vision for […]Read More Arne’s stick.
At the NEA convention in San Diego I had a depressing conversation with a group of teachers from LA. Union leaders in their buildings, their job this summer was to make sure that as the district pink-slipped teachers with up to 25 years seniority, the district adminstrators were following contractual procedures. One delegate told me […]Read More Race to the Top? Fiddling while Rome burns.
There is plenty of evidence to justify opposing doing individual teacher evaluations based on test scores. In the words of President Obama (speaking on a different topic, of course), it is stupid. The Duncan story this morning is that the USDE is considering withholding “race to the top” funds from states that have laws prohibiting […]Read More Is there enough gas for this race to the top?
Saturday, the Wall Street Journal ran with a story titled, Second City Ruse. It is a rehash of the complaints of their pals in the Civic Committee who published a report several weeks ago attacking CPS test scores. No need to defend Duncan on this stuff. He made his deal with the devils in the […]Read More WSJ joins piling on Duncan.
This past week USDE EdSec Arne Duncan appointed Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana as assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education. Melendez was superintendent of the Pomona Unified School District east of LA. She grew up in Montebello, a suburb east of LA. I knew Montebello well. When my family moved to LA when I […]Read More Washington DC is a long way from Montebello.
Saying teacher unions aren’t to blame for ALL the problems in education, USDE chief Arne Duncan said unions ought to be “called out” when they oppose lifting the caps on charter schools. Arne thinks teacher unions shouldn’t be blamed for everything. Thanks Arne. EdWeek: Arne Duncan weighs in on unions and charter schools. From his […]Read More Arne Duncan says I’m not nearly as fat as I used to be.
It is hard to know where to begin with the nonsense EdSec Arne Duncan spouts in his Time interview. Not since Michelle Rhee appeared on Time’s cover as the witch of education has there been so much junk spread about teaching, unions and schools on the pages of a major magazine (although other than while […]Read More The Time Magazine interview with The Apostle.