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Category Archives: Arne Duncan : Secretary of Education

Diane Ravitch: The Common Core Standards “should have no legitimacy”

From The Fatal Flaw of the Common Core Standards by Diane Ravitch: The reason to oppose the Common Core standards is because they violate the well-established and internationally recognized process … Continue reading

March 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Weekly Update: Predatory capitalism, privatization, sequestration and our children, Common Core Standards and opting out

Everyone is back in school, the privatizers are not letting up but parents, students and teachers are fighting back. Diane Ravitch is coming out with her new book on September … Continue reading

September 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Weekly Update: Parent Trigger’s epic fail, parents protest collection of student data, another charter school scam (wow, what a surprise!) and some good news.

First up: Incomes of the wealthy have increased by 28% and yet 24% of our children live in poverty. 24% of our children are living in poverty. That’s 1 in … Continue reading

May 11, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Weekly Update: More on Initiative 1240, the Honorable Arne and do we really want Wal-Mart schools in Washington State?

The Weekly Update for the news and views you might have missed. First, a little business. From the No on 1240 campaign: We need *you* to provide the people power … Continue reading

October 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Weekly Update: The Gates Foundation, the Broad Foundation and vouchers. A few of my favorite things.

The Weekly Update for the news you might have missed. We’ll start with this commentary on the Gates Foundation and how it has lost its way. A non-profit can have … Continue reading

August 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Weekly Update: So much money, so little time, creationism in voucher schools and who’s holding Arne Duncan accountable?

The Weekly Update for news you might have missed. Obama has become the darling of a whole new world of financiers and entrepreneurs in education who are making riches off … Continue reading

August 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

Weekly Update: 40+ School boards in Texas say enough is enough on testing, Arne Duncan gets an “F” and another one for the “How Low Can You Go?” category

Never a dull moment in the world of education. In the state of Washington we had some drama this week with Senator Rodney Tom deciding that he would hold the … Continue reading

March 16, 2012 · 1 Comment

Weekly Update: Arne Duncan mic checked, Brian Jones on Racism, Class and Education, and students speak up in South Bronx

Another busy week in the world of education so let’s get started. First up, Arne Duncan gets mic checked in Austin. Go Occupy Austin! and the Parents Across America affiliate, … Continue reading

March 9, 2012 · 1 Comment

A Look at Race to the Top

The “scientific evidence or research for the four interventions proposed for school improvement grants is, at best, sketchy. …. If we are going to mandate interventions from the federal level … Continue reading

February 21, 2012 · 1 Comment

The F-word of Ed Reform — and its unholy alliance with right-wing union-busting

I came across this post that Sue wrote last year that I believe needs to see the light of day again as a reminder of just how far people will … Continue reading

February 12, 2012 · 6 Comments

Dump Duncan cuz he’s flunkin’ : The Petition

With Arne Duncan came the privatizers like a slimy trail from his time in Chicago as CEO of the Chicago Public School system creating charter schools for the big boys … Continue reading

February 11, 2012 · 4 Comments

Jim Horn on the “Digital Promise”

Jim once again hits the nail on the head with his great prose and phrases worth remembering. I particularly like the “federal ATM machine at the U. S. Department of … Continue reading

September 25, 2011 · 1 Comment

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