Arne Duncan
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Arne Duncan
Arne Duncan is an American education administrator who has been United States Secretary of Education since 2009. Duncan previously served as CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.
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Teacher Responds To Betsy DeVos' Hearing With Scathing Song
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Following Betsy DeVos’ troubling confirmation hearing, a Long Island teacher and father of two performed a song for Donald Trump’s controversial nominee for education secretary.   Alan Schwartz aka “Bald Piano Guy” posted a video on Facebook that shows him singing, dancing and playing the piano in a parody of Cole Porter’s “It’s De-Lovely.” “The kids are young. Their future’s clear. Their public schooling will disappear. It’s demonic. It’s demeaning. It’s DeVossy!” he sings. “Setting schools up to crash, she can then open charters for cash. Undertrained, underpaid staff’s the new status quo!” Driving his point home, he adds, “She’ll use her ties to legalize robbing your taxes to privatize!” The video has reached nearly two million views since Wednesday. In the comments, Schwartz followed up by pointing out the opposition to DeVos’ appointment from parents, teachers, students and administrators. He also noted that his opinion is not partisan and that he was als ...
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What's it like to play basketball with Obama?
CNN - about 1 month
Arne Duncan, Barack Obama's long-time Education Secretary, speaks to Christiane Amanpour about playing basketball with the President, who "plays to win."
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How Obama Took An Existing Feminist Law And Made It Even Stronger
Huffington Post - about 2 months
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The Student Debt Crisis Is Driving Elderly People Into Poverty
Huffington Post - 2 months
WASHINGTON ― Student debt is forcing tens of thousands of elderly Americans into poverty, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. The findings are startling. More than 110,000 senior citizens had their Social Security checks garnished in 2015 to pay off student loans they’d already defaulted on. Nearly 70,000 Americans over the age of 50 are living in poverty as their Social Security benefits are cut to pay off student loan debts. Student lending is typically thought of as a millennial problem ― one of exploding college tuition costs and ruthless interest rates that took hold over the past 20 years. But the GAO report ― requested by Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) ― demonstrates that the debt hardship is shared across generations. The elderly student debt nightmare is not going to sort itself out. A full 68 percent of older borrowers living in poverty with Social Security garnishment are only seeing their benefit cuts devo ...
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Arne Duncan, wife buy $1.3M home on Hyde Park block of power hitters
Chicago Times - 2 months
Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and his wife, Karen, last month paid $1.3 million for a vintage two-story frame house in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. The Chicago native and former CEO of Chicago Public Schools, Duncan, 52, served in the Cabinet of his longtime friend, President...
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Arne Duncan, wife, buy $1.3M home on Hyde Park block of power hitters
Chicago Times - 3 months
Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and his wife, Karen, last month paid $1.3 million for a vintage two-story frame house in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. The Chicago native and former CEO of Chicago Public Schools, Duncan, 52, served in the Cabinet of his longtime friend, President...
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Obama Administration Tries To Smooth Path Back To School For Jailed Students
Huffington Post - 3 months
If you’re young and caught up in the justice system, most likely you’re stuck with subpar educational opportunities too. Students in prison, jail, detention centers or correctional facilities often receive fewer days of instruction than their peers, less access to math and science classes, and more teacher absenteeism, according to federal data released Friday.  In one of the last moves of the Obama administration’s Department of Education, it drew attention to these disparities with the new data about youth in the justice system, as well as two new guides and resources to help these students return to traditional schools. One resource is a packet called “You Got This” for young detainees with tips and suggestions about going back to school. The other is a “Transition Toolkit 3.0” for educators, community stakeholders and family members. And a new website for educators is specifically designed to help youth with disabilities who are in the correctional system.  The idea behi ...
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The Feds, And The New York Times, Double Down On Strategies That Fail Our Students
Huffington Post - 3 months
A few weeks before the election of Hillary Clinton as president, the New York Times offers an editorial criticizing s university based teacher education programs. Ironically titled "Help Teachers Before They Get to Class," the editorial proceeds to confuse and distort the purpose as well as the reality of teacher education programs. Starting with an obligatory bow to the effective Finnish school system, the editorial hits the central tenets of the corporate reform agenda for schools including the assertion that US schools of education should, like the Finns, raise admissions standards. This is an astoundingly narrow conclusion from the broad evidence of what makes Finish teaching work. In the first place, teachers in Finland receive a much higher salary than in the US, one that places them firmly in an economically secure middle class. In the US, many teachers can't afford basic housing and living costs on their teaching salaries; a surprising number moonlight as Uber drivers, ...
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Want to Improve Student Achievement? Invest in Teacher Education
Huffington Post - 4 months
Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently issued an open letter to schools of education criticizing how teachers are prepared. He writes at a time when school districts across the country, including Philadelphia, cannot find enough teachers for their students and when enrollment in teacher education programs has dropped precipitously across the country. Some of Duncan's critiques are valid. Others miss the mark, or seem based in an outdated understanding of how many teacher education programs operate today. But two sentences in Duncan's introduction struck me: "We all know that teaching is a complex and challenging profession on a par with medicine, law, and engineering. Like those other fields, teachers save lives, advance the cause of justice and build stronger societies." I agree. In fact, I have made the same argument about the vital importance of teachers. So have other education leaders. This is why many schools of education have been busy redesigning teaching pro ...
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Ex-Education Secretary Duncan named to Lucas Museum board
Yahoo News - 9 months
CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has been named to the board of directors for the museum that "Star Wars" director George Lucas hopes to build along Chicago's lakefront.
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Trying to Educate the Education Reformers, Without Success
Huffington Post - 9 months
Peter Cunningham, former deputy to Arne Duncan, accused Carol Burris and me of "attacking" Campbell Brown. He says we "attack" anyone who disagrees with us. Peter now runs a website called Education Post, where he received $12 million from various billionaires (including Walton and Bloomberg) to defend the corporate reform movement of high stakes testing, evaluating teachers by tests scores, and privatization of public schools. Anyone who reads my post about Campbell will see that there was no attack. I was doing my level best to educate her about what grade level means and why NAEP proficient is not and should not be used as a "passing mark." Campbell mistakenly said that 2/3 of American students were "below grade level." What the national test calls "proficiency" is equivalent to an A. No one expects the majority of students to score an A; if they did, we would call it grade inflation. Carol Burris, executive director of the Network for Public Education and a former award-winnin ...
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Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will help dropouts in violence-plagued Chicago find jobs
LATimes - 11 months
Since Arne Duncan left his job as U.S. secretary of Education in December, a problem has been nagging him: the high numbers of kids dropping out of school, joining gangs and getting killed in his city, Chicago. So he’s taken on a new job, he said Thursday, that will help him find opportunities...
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Making Sense of High School Graduation Rates
Huffington Post - 12 months
High school graduation rates have been the source of a lot of news coverage -- and conflicting emotions -- in the past few weeks. President Obama and more than a dozen governors hailed increasing graduation rates in their annual addresses. At the same time, leading journalists and policy wonks have raised questions about those very gains and about the value of a high school diploma. How to make sense of this optimism and skepticism? Let's take it one step at a time. First, there is no denying the progress in graduation rates. Just 10 years ago, the nation's on-time high school graduation rate was hovering just over 70 percent, where it had been stuck for decades. Today the graduation rate is 82.3 percent, the highest in history. And significantly, we've seen the greatest increases among students of color and students from low-income families. As a result of this increase, nearly 2 million additional students have graduated from high school over the past decade. That's g ...
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CAA Signs Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Before stepping down at the end of 2015, Duncan was one of the Obama administration’s longest-serving cabinet members.
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Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline
Huffington Post - about 1 year
For far too many students of color, entering the gateway to incarceration begins with a referral from the classroom to the courtroom. This phenomenon is referred to as the school-to-prison pipeline. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund described this pipeline as "funneling of students out of school and into the streets and the juvenile correction system perpetuates a cycle known as the "School-to-Prison-Pipeline," depriving children and youth of meaningful opportunities for education, future employment, and participation in our democracy." The emergence of the school-to-prison pipeline has been impacted by trends in school disciplinary practices and zero tolerance policies. It is our challenge to dismantle this pipeline and create new pipelines to success for all children. In order to undertake in this endeavor, we must first become knowledgeable on this contemporary civil rights issue. Let's begin with examining the landscape of America's classrooms and juvenile justice system. Students ent ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Arne Duncan
  • 2016
    Age 51
    In March 2016, Duncan announced he will be joining the Palo Alto-based education group, Emerson Collective, as a managing partner.
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  • 2015
    Age 50
    On October 2, 2015, Duncan announced he would be stepping down at the close of 2015, to be succeeded by John King, Jr. The media stated his tenure had been marked by a "willingness to plunge head-on into the heated debate about the government's role in education."
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  • 2014
    Age 49
    On July 13, 2014, the American Federation of Teachers approved a resolution calling for Education Secretary Arne Duncan to resign if he does not improve under a plan to be implemented by President Barack Obama.
    More Details Hide Details The “improvement plan” would require that Secretary Duncan enact the equity and funding recommendations of the Equity Commission’s “Each and Every Child” report; revise the No Child Left Behind and Race To The Top “test-and-punish” system of accountability to a “support-and-improve” structure; and “promote rather than question” teachers and school staff.
    The team of Duncan, Jitim Young, Thomas Darrow and Craig Moore qualified to represent the United States in Moscow, Russia in the 24-country 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Championship from June 5–8.
    More Details Hide Details Duncan's schedule did not permit him to attend, but the team finished in 9th place in the 24-team tournament. Addressing a group of school superintendents in late 2013, Arne Duncan stated that he found it "fascinating" that some of the opposition to the Common Core State Standards Initiative came from "white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn't as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn't as good as they thought they were." This had sparked outrage among different facets of society, ranging from the "white suburban mom who feel marginalized and misunderstood", the "non-white parent who wants to know why everyone is only now so upset", to the "non-white parent who wants Arne Duncan to know that she (or he) hates the Common Core, too". Also outraged were those who believe in the importance of mastery of English syntax and grammar. They find this remark by an "educator" to be another indication of Duncan's lack of qualifications for the job he held.
    On May 11, 2014, Duncan was a member of the 2014 USA Basketball 3x3 Men's Championship Team.
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    Comedian Kevin Hart conceded the 2014 MVP of the celebrity game to Duncan (20 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists).
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  • 2012
    Age 47
    Duncan also participated in the 2012, 2013, and 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend Celebrity Games.
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  • 2011
    Age 46
    In March 2011, Duncan said 82 percent of the nation’s public schools could be failing by the following year under the standards of the No Child Left Behind law.
    More Details Hide Details The projection amounted to a startling spike from previous data, which showed that 37 percent of schools were on track to miss targets set by the law. "Four out of five schools in America would not meet their goals under Child Left Behind by next year", Duncan said in his statement. On July 4, 2014, the National Education Association, the largest teacher's union in the United States, passed a resolution of "no confidence" in Duncan's leadership of the Department of Education and asked for his resignation.
  • 2009
    Age 44
    Duncan was appointed U.S. Secretary of Education by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate on January 20, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details One of Duncan's initiatives as secretary has been a $4 billion Race to the Top competition. It asks states to vie for federal education dollars by submitting proposals that include reforms such as expanding charter schools and judging teachers partly on how well their students do on standardized tests. With Duncan now no longer serving as Secretary, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is the only remaining member of President Obama's cabinet having served since 2009.
  • 2001
    Age 36
    Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed Duncan to serve as Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Public Schools on June 26, 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Opinions vary on Duncan's success as CEO; one prominent publication notes improved test scores and describes Duncan as a consensus builder, while another finds the improvements largely a myth and is troubled by the closing of neighborhood schools and their replacement by charter schools, and what it describes as schools' militarization.
  • 1999
    Age 34
    In 1999, Duncan was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff for former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas.
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  • 1996
    Age 31
    After the school closed in 1996, Duncan and Rogers were instrumental in re-opening it as a charter school, Ariel Community Academy.
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  • 1992
    Age 27
    In 1992, childhood friend and investment banker John W. Rogers, Jr., appointed Duncan director of the Ariel Education Initiative, a program mentoring children at one of the city's worst-performing elementary schools and then assisting them as they proceeded further in the education system.
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  • 1987
    Age 22
    Duncan attended the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and later Harvard College, where he played on the basketball team and graduated magna cum laude in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in sociology.
    More Details Hide Details His senior thesis, for which he took a year's leave to do research in the Kenwood neighborhood, was entitled "The values, aspirations and opportunities of the urban underclass".
  • 1964
    Born on November 6, 1964.
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