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Duncan Touts Weingarten and Rhee

Education Secretary Arne Duncan showed the love to the strong-willed leaders on both sides in D.C's teacher contract dispute yesterday. During a visit with Post editors and reporters, he praised AFT President Randi Weingarten for her recent op-ed endorsement of national standards, which he endorses. He also touted D.C. School Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee as the right person to lead the District's system out of what he called its "disastrous" state.

"I think you've got people who are passionate," Duncan said. "I have tremendous respect for Michelle. Randi, I have tremendous respect for, and I have every confidence they are going to work it out....I've got a lot of confidence that the right thing is going to happen for kids."

Read the full report on Duncan's visit to The Washington Post here.

Bill Turque

By Marcia Davis  |  March 5, 2009; 11:55 AM ET
Categories:  Education  
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Turque reports that Duncan said, "I think you've got people who are passionate...I have tremendous respect for Michelle. Randi, I have tremendous respect for, and I have every confidence they are going to work it out....I've got a lot of confidence that the right thing is going to happen for kids."

Why wasn't this reported in the editorial or in the article in the print edition? Why bury here?

My suspicions are that the editorial board didn't want anything positive said about Weingarten.

At any rate, I now get why the editorial was so vague about the “traditionalists accustomed to the status quo” who stand in the way of educating poor children. The editorial board was implying as best it could that it was the union, but couldn't actually say it, because Duncan was on record praising the Union boss! Very clever --- but is it ethical?

Personally, even as conciliatory as Duncan is supposed to be, it's hard to imagine that he could respect both Rhee and Weingarten. What is he up to? I hope his motives ultimately serve the needs of all students, and that he doesn't resort to distortions and omissions the way the Post editorial board has done to advance its own agenda, whatever may be.

Posted by: efavorite | March 6, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

erratum - "whatever that may be"

Posted by: efavorite | March 6, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

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