Arne Duncan

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Arne Duncan, Ninth U.S. Education Secretary: Biography and Achievements
Background and highlights of Arne Duncan's tenure as the ninth U.S. Secretary of Education.
Federal DeVos Hopeful School Choice Funding Will Be Included in COVID-19 Relief Bill
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pushes for tax credits for private school scholarships and funding for families to pay tuition or buy educational materials.
Evie Blad, September 17, 2020
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Federal Arne Duncan: It's Not in 'Trump's Best Interest to Have a Well-Educated Citizenry'
President Donald Trump and his administration get a political boost when Americans aren't taught to think critically, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said.
Alyson Klein, September 20, 2018
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Federal Arne Duncan: 'If I Had to Do it All Over Again, I Would Push Even Harder'
President Barack Obama's longest-serving education secretary, admits in a new book that he made some communications mistakes; but when it comes to his signature policies, he wishes he'd doubled down.
Alyson Klein, August 6, 2018
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Federal Arne Duncan: Parents Should Boycott Schools Until Gun Laws Are Fixed
Duncan's comments came in the wake of a school shooting Friday in Sante Fe, Texas, which left 10 dead, mostly students.
Alyson Klein, May 20, 2018
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Federal Urban Educators Stress Value of Big-City Schools Group
With the Council of the Great City Schools now in its 60th year, urban school leaders say the depth of its staff's expertise, the organization's effectiveness in advocating on their behalf, and the sense of camaraderie they feel being part of the group are unmatched elsewhere.
Denisa R. Superville, August 29, 2016
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Federal Former Ed. Secretary Arne Duncan Joins Ed-Tech Company Board of Directors
Duncan told Fast Company that he sees Pluralsight, which is reportedly worth more than $1 billion, as a way to further democratize education.
Andrew Ujifusa, June 9, 2016
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Standards Opinion Raising the Common Core Bar Until Nobody Can Get Over
The Common Core is just another set of standards. We can raise and lower, tweak and replace standards until the cows come home, but until other things are in place (clean, safe classrooms, say--or books, supplies and experienced teachers), it's an exercise in blah-blah over reality. Most important: if we're going to dump everything we've been working on, let's put the rebuilding back in the hands of educators, not politicians.
Nancy Flanagan, May 14, 2016
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Federal Arne Duncan, Priscilla Chan Discuss Next Steps for K-12 Education
Duncan and Chan talked about what they have learned from their past endeavors and where they see K-12 education going from here at the NewSchools Venture Fund conference.
Alyson Klein, May 12, 2016
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Every Student Succeeds Act Obama White House Reflects on K-12 Legacy
The White House has issued a report that outlines what it sees as its greatest hits in K-12, including new energy around early childhood education and STEM teachers.
Alyson Klein, May 3, 2016
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Federal Arne Duncan Joins Brookings Institution as a Fellow
Duncan's analysis and opinion pieces will appear on the Brown Center Chalkboard, the Institution's policy blog.
Alyson Klein, April 22, 2016
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Federal Opinion Mr. Duncan's Sad Legacy
In Shakespeare's Macbeth, when reporting that Cawdor died with honor, Malcolm observes, "Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it." It's too bad that Mr. Duncan didn't figure this out regarding his own departure from public office.
Rick Hess, April 21, 2016
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Federal Arne Duncan: School Spending Disparities Between Rich, Poor Should Spur Action
In a conversation with Andrew Rotherham of Bellwether Education Partners, Duncan stressed that school funding gaps between wealthy and non-wealthy schools persist despite federal law, and are quite stark.
Andrew Ujifusa, April 18, 2016
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Federal Arne Duncan to Focus on Disconnected Youth at the Emerson Collective
Duncan's official title will be managing partner for the Palo Alto, Calif.,-based philanthropy and advocacy organization, which is led up by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
Alyson Klein, March 17, 2016
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Federal What Are John King's Edu-Predictions for 2016?
The new acting secretary is expecting another record high graduation rate and high-speed Internet access for more students.
Alyson Klein, January 3, 2016
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