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Ravitch: 'A moment of national insanity'

Education historian Diane Ravitch writes: "The reality on the ground suggests that the corporate reform movement ... will set American education back, by how many years or decades is anyone's guess."

By Valerie Strauss  | March 1, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Diane Ravitch, Education Secretary Duncan, Guest Bloggers  | Tags:  arne duncan, diane ravitch, gates foundation, president obama, president obama and school reform, race to the top, school reform, teachers  
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The problem(s) with Obama’s 2012 education budget

President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan talk a lot about using “what works” in helping to improve public schools, but their proposed $77.4 billion education budget for 2012 unfortunately wouldn’t do that.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 14, 2011; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Education Secretary Duncan, School turnarounds/reform  | Tags:  2012 budget, arne duncan, budget, career and technical education, charter school funding, education budget, education funds, harlem children's zone, increase in education budget, obama 2012 budget, obama budget, president obama, race to the top, teach for america  
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School board conferees get tough with Duncan

Education Secretary Arne Duncan got an earful from some attendees of a National School Boards Association conference.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 8, 2011; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Education Secretary Duncan  | Tags:  arne duncan, education secretary arne duncan, no child left behind, school board associations, school boards  
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The VIVA Project: What teachers told Duncan

More than 150 public school teachers put their heads together to devise solutions to problems that most affect their profession. Then they got to do something unusual with their conclusions: present them to Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 3, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Education Secretary Duncan, Teacher assessment, Teachers  | Tags:  Arne Duncan, The Answer Sheet, VIVA project, education, education secretary duncan, evaluation and teachers, performance-based evaluation, school, teachers  
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Should Duncan have plugged Henderson for D.C. schools boss?

If Education Secretary Arne Duncan were sitting in the editorial board of The New York Times talking about education, do you think he would put in a plug for a specific candidate to be chancellor of the city's public schools?

By Valerie Strauss  | January 13, 2011; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  D.C. Schools, Education Secretary Duncan  | Tags:  arne duncan, d.c. schools, d.c. schools chancellor, education secretary arne duncan, kaya henderson, mayor gray, mayor vincent gray, vincent gray  
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Duncan: Arizona community college did what it could with suspect

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said today that the community college that forced out the suspect in the Arizona shooting rampage because he was disruptive did what it could in handling the young man, and he asked how the young man was able to get a gun.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 10, 2011; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Education Secretary Duncan  | Tags:  arizona community college, arizona shootings, gabby giffords, gabrielle giffords, giffords, jared lee loughner, loughner, pima community college, shooting suspect, the washington post  
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Older Entries in This Category »

A response to Arne Duncan, Valerie Strauss , January 3, 2011
'If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging', Valerie Strauss , December 11, 2010
The mismatch between Duncan's words, actions, Valerie Strauss , November 24, 2010
The NAEP scores problem, Valerie Strauss , November 18, 2010
Is Duncan out of bounds?, Valerie Strauss , November 2, 2010
Obama ed policy lacks scientific support -- Willingham, Valerie Strauss , September 13, 2010
Ravitch: Welcome back to school "reform", Valerie Strauss , September 8, 2010
Why the National Writing Project should be saved, Valerie Strauss , August 26, 2010
Principal: Not the change I had in mind, Valerie Strauss , August 6, 2010
Ravitch: Mayoral control means zero accountability, Valerie Strauss , August 4, 2010
Duncan being too 'modest', Valerie Strauss , July 27, 2010
Duncan and education’s “quiet revolution” , Valerie Strauss , July 27, 2010
Cutting food stamps for Race to the Top?, Valerie Strauss , July 20, 2010
A letter to Secretary Arne Duncan, Valerie Strauss , July 19, 2010
A tradeoff worth making for schools, Valerie Strauss , July 7, 2010
Favorite quote of the week (by Obey), Valerie Strauss , July 2, 2010
Arne Duncan's opposition: A partial list , Valerie Strauss , June 19, 2010
Arne Duncan's 'learning story', Valerie Strauss , June 8, 2010
The desperation of Race to the Top , Valerie Strauss , June 1, 2010
Postcards to Mrs. Obama: End high-stakes testing, Valerie Strauss , May 27, 2010
Ravitch on Obama's scary ed reform agenda, Valerie Strauss , May 19, 2010
John Lennon and Arne Duncan, Valerie Strauss , May 11, 2010
Say what, Secretary Duncan? , Valerie Strauss , May 10, 2010
Learning Stories: Tell your own, Valerie Strauss , May 7, 2010
Obama should call an education summit, Valerie Strauss , April 22, 2010
Why Obama's education reform plan can't work, Valerie Strauss , April 2, 2010
Teachers fighting back in Florida , Valerie Strauss , March 31, 2010
Florida's terrible teachers bill a test for Duncan, Valerie Strauss , March 30, 2010
Arne Duncan the heartbreaker and Race to the Top, Valerie Strauss , March 29, 2010
More on Duncan’s VIP list in Chicago, Valerie Strauss , March 27, 2010
Duncan silent on Florida’s education mess, Valerie Strauss , March 26, 2010
Disaster for Florida teachers: Senate Bill 6, Valerie Strauss , March 24, 2010
Ravitch's NCLB book an unexpected best seller, Valerie Strauss , March 23, 2010
The dangerous job of DOE's special agents, Valerie Strauss , March 20, 2010
Teacher who hung Obama in effigy should go, Valerie Strauss , March 18, 2010
DOE's pistols and shotguns, Valerie Strauss , March 18, 2010
Jay Mathews (and Obama) vs. me on tests, Valerie Strauss , March 16, 2010
Obama and NCLB: The good--and very bad--news , Valerie Strauss , March 13, 2010
Education Department buying 27 shotguns, Valerie Strauss , March 11, 2010
Obama's unfortunate comments on teacher firings, Valerie Strauss , March 1, 2010
Why you should read Diane Ravitch's new book, Valerie Strauss , February 26, 2010
Why not fire all the teachers?, Valerie Strauss , February 24, 2010
The problem with Obama’s commencement speech contest , Valerie Strauss , February 19, 2010
Data-driven gobbledygook from Ed Dept , Valerie Strauss , February 18, 2010
Why not link teacher pay to test scores?, Valerie Strauss , February 17, 2010
How to fix a bad education law, Valerie Strauss , February 11, 2010
'Why Boys Fail’ in school, Valerie Strauss , February 3, 2010
Duncan, his apology and clean slates, Valerie Strauss , February 2, 2010
Willingham: 'Race to Top' a doomed bribery scheme, Valerie Strauss , February 1, 2010
Duncan’s own Hurricane Katrina , Valerie Strauss , January 29, 2010
Firing teachers, Valerie Strauss , January 26, 2010
Russo on Duncan's Record, Valerie Strauss , January 20, 2010
A question for President Obama, Valerie Strauss , January 19, 2010
Top 10 education issues for 2010, Valerie Strauss , January 8, 2010
Good news: College financial aid form gets easier, Valerie Strauss , January 5, 2010
Why Duncan's record in Chicago is a problem, Valerie Strauss , December 29, 2009
An education job you may want, Valerie Strauss , December 8, 2009
How Do Americans View Their Public Schools?, Valerie Strauss , September 29, 2009
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