Arne Duncan

QEDaily: Welcome to Texas, Mr. President
Obama doesn't need information. He needs political partners.
July 09, 2014

The latest on the border crisis

In 2016, Democrats Have Good Reason to Run Against Obama's Education Record
The political weakness of the common core, charter schools, and other reform ideas
June 03, 2014

Obama converted ed reformers’ ideas into a national governing platform, which masked their political weakness.

Maya Angelou and Judy Blume Are Wrong About Childhood Reading
October 22, 2013

This morning, over 120 children’s book authors and illustrators sent a letter to President Barack Obama expressing concern for “our readers,” a.k.a. tots through tweens.

Unless Teachers Write the Tests, They Won't Improve Anything
September 27, 2013

Ezekiel Emanuel argues that more tests make students smarter, a proposition which is not as simple as it sounds.

Atlanta's School Scandal Isn't Local
How education reform's "no excuses" motto causes cheating
April 05, 2013

How the education reform movement's "no excuses" mantra leads to cheating.

Gay Marriage: The Case For Cynicism
May 10, 2012

Was President Obama's endorsement of gay marriage crassly political? God, I hope so. Like a lot of people, I worry about the impact that Obama's comments will have on some independent voters, and about whether it will cause trouble when the Democrats hold their convention in North Carolina, which just voted overwhelmingly against gay marriage. But like a lot of people, I'm also hopeful that the gay-marriage endorsement will help Obama pick up some other independent voters.

Thank You, President Obama
May 10, 2012

Yes, it was a few years too late. Yes, his hand was forced by Joe Biden and Arne Duncan. Yes, his statement is just a statement—it does not change any law. And yes, we shouldn’t minimize the role of an extraordinary civil rights movement—comprising millions of average Americans, gay and straight—in dragging our country over the past two decades toward the current moment, one where a president could feel politically able to take such a stand. But none of this should minimize the significance of what took place yesterday in Washington.

A Radical Solution For America’s Worsening College Tuition Bubble
January 10, 2012

Over the last three decades, through good economic times and bad, one of the few constants in American life has been the relentless rise in the price of higher education. The numbers are stark: According to the non-profit College Board, public four-year universities raised tuition and fees by 8.3 percent this year, more than double the rate of inflation. This was typical: Over the last decade, public university tuition grew by an average of 5.6 percent above inflation every year. And the problem is also getting worse: In the 1990s, the annual real increase was 3.2 percent.

Don't Confuse Matt Damon
August 25, 2011

I have mixed feelings about movie stars who get involved in political causes. On the one hand, it's a little sad that people need a movie star to make them interested in politics. Nobody should care what movie stars think. On the other hand, given the reality that people care a lot about what movie stars think, it's a moral good for movie stars to use their fame to direct people toward what they consider worthy causes.

Why Obama’s New Plan to Reform Education Is Likely Illegal
August 10, 2011

Faced with a looming deadline and a deadlocked legislature, Barack Obama is employing a strategy many wish he had in the recent debt ceiling talks: He’s bypassing Congress altogether. On Monday, Obama approved a Department of Education plan to grant waivers allowing states to bypass the most stringent and unrealistic requirements of the Bush-era education law known as No Child Left Behind, including its fairy-tale provision that all schools must be 100 percent proficient in reading and math by 2014, in exchange for the adoption of certain policy priorities.

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