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Duncan Carves Deep Mark on Policy in First Year

Ohanian Comment: The opening sentence gives you a snapshot of the duplicity involved in the whole piece, revealing as it does Education Week's ongoing friendly handshake on the dismantling of public education. My god, even the Chicago Tribune is more critical than this.

By Michele McNeil

A year ago, Arne Duncan was known as a long-serving urban district chief who had used his collegial management style to push innovation and close failing schools in Chicago.

This week, he enters his second year as U.S. secretary of education pursuing a similar national policy agenda that could place him among the most influential leaders in his department̢۪s 30-year history.

Empowered by up to $100 billion in economic-stimulus aid for education--and the support of President Barack Obama, whom he has long known--Mr. Duncan has pressed hard on such priorities as charter schools, teacher performance pay, common academic standards, and turnarounds of low-performing schools.

He has used his bully pulpit to assess blame for a K-12 system he sees as marred by mediocre student performance, dismal graduation rates in some cities, and stubborn achievement gaps between minority and white students. . . .

Education Week does not permit posting of full articles. If you can stand reading the rest of this puff piece, go to the url below. Coverage of "critics" of Duncan is a disgrace.

A disgrace but not a surprise.

— Michele McNeil
Education Week


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