Politics K-12’s own Michele McNeil will be on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program this weekend interviewing Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, along with the Associated Press’ Libby Quaid. (Quaid along with Edweek’s Steve Sawchuk and Dakarai Aarons, landed a coveted spot on Alexander Russo’s Hot For Education list).
Michele asked Duncan when the department would be sending out the stimulus checks to states and school districts (probably the number one question on school officials’ minds). Duncan said districts would be receiving their money and guidance as soon as possible.
And Michele pressed him on whether the Department could enforce the teacher effectiveness and distribution requirements in No Child Left Behind law and that are a condition of states receiving stimulus funding. He said it wasn’t an issue of enforceability....does that mean no?
Secretary Duncan told Michele and Libby that he’ll be trying to come up with a new name for the No Child Left Behind Act. (He should look here for suggestions).
You can check out the program on Sunday at 6 p.m.
UPDATED: Check out Duncan’s very on-message answers here.