Published Online: May 18, 2010
Published in Print: May 19, 2010, as Does Duncan Rhetoric Match 'Race' Criteria?


Does Duncan Rhetoric Match 'Race' Criteria?

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To the Editor:

In your article "Needs of 'Whole Child' Factor in ESEA Renewal" (April 28, 2010), U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is quoted as saying at a forum on health sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, “If our children aren’t safe, they can’t learn.” He continued, “If our children aren’t fed, they can’t learn. If our children can’t see the blackboard, they can’t learn.”

Can anyone show where Mr. Duncan’s rhetoric is reflected in the criteria he and his department set for making awards from the federal Race to the Top Fund?

Kenneth Kastle
Southampton, Pa.

Vol. 29, Issue 32, Page 33

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