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Meet Your U.S. Secretary Of Education Arne Duncan

Background

President Barack Obama nominated Arne Duncan to be U.S. secretary of education, and he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Jan. 20, 2009.

Before serving as our nation’s education secretary, Duncan was superintendent of Chicago Public Schools from June 2001 through December 2008.

Duncan has been an advocate of teacher merit pay. Duncan says, “committed young people are attracted to teaching, but surveys show they are reluctant to enter the field for the long-haul. They see it as low-paying and low-prestige.” He says raising teacher salaries will help fill the void.

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Florida Scores On National Test Improve, But Eighth Graders Still Trail National Average

Florida student scores improved on a key national standardized test, including some of the largest eighth grade reading and math gains in the country. But Florida eighth graders still trail the national average in math, according to results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as The Nation’s Report Card. Florida eighth graders [...]

Florida Education Foundation Hosting Two-Day Summit in D.C.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. His Foundation for Excellence in Education kicked off its national summit today.

The Foundation for Excellence in Education’s annual conference starting this morning in Washington, D.C. The agenda hits most of the main policies former Gov. Jeb Bush has supported: How to make teachers more effective; school district accountability; charter school accountability; the parent trigger and funding; and what to expect from new Common Core assessments. The [...]

Our Twitter Education Forum Is Happening Now

Join the conversation now at #NPRedchat.

Our Twitter education forum with NPR’s Tell Me More is going on now. Follow the conversation here. Tell us about your schools. What’s working? What doesn’t? What issues are on your mind? Join the conversation at #NPRedchat. Check local listings for when you can hear the Tell Me More broadcast, featuring U.S. Secretary of Education [...]

857 Students Drop Out of High School Every Hour, Every Day

The College Board is stepping into the world of politics with its first political campaign, “Don’t Forget Ed!” The board set up 857 empty school desks on the National Mall in Washington D.C., representing the 857 students that drop out of school every hour, according to the College Board. Its an effort to urge presidential candidates to make education reform [...]

Arne Duncan Steals The Show At Orlando All-Star Game

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qan2ayA9X6g The NBA All-Star game was in Orlando over the weekend, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined in the celebrity game. Duncan captained the Harvard squad and was an academic All-American during his time in Cambridge. Duncan also played professionally, much of it in Australia. Here’s a couple of clips from the game, including [...]

Five Changes To Expect From Florida’s ‘No Child’ Waiver

President Barack Obama shakes hands after a White House event announcing No Child Left Behind waivers.

So you’ve just been granted a waiver by the U.S. Department of Education — congrats on being one of the lucky 10. You’re ready to take your first steps toward Leaving No Child Left Behind, well, behind! But what does the waiver mean? How will it change things for Florida schools, students and parents? Here’s [...]

Read The Federal Concerns About Florida’s ‘No Child’ Alternative

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

While we’re waiting for the White House and the U.S. Department of Education to say why they approved Florida’s No Child Left Behind waiver request, let’s review what they said about the application in December. Below is the December 20, 2011 letter to the Florida Department of Education outlining initial concerns. At the time, the [...]

White House Gives Florida ‘Green Light’ On ‘No Child’ Waiver

President Barack Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan talk about "Race to the Top" during a stop at a Virginia Elementary School in 2010.

The White House has confirmed that Florida is one of ten states which has been granted a waiver from No Child Left Behind requirements. Of eleven states initially applying, only New Mexico was not approved today. In a statement, President Barack Obama said the move will give states the “green light to continue making reforms [...]

How Does Arne Duncan Feel About Florida’s New School Ranking System?

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visits Pembroke Pines Charter High School in Broward County with Mayor Frank Ortis.

Last month, Gov. Rick Scott told the Florida Department of Education to rank all of Florida’s 3,078 schools from best to worst. That list was released last week — to criticism that it relied mostly on FCAT scores and did not take poverty into account. So, my colleague John O’Connor and I wondered how U.S. [...]

What Obama’s ‘No Child’ Waivers Say About The State Of The Union

Note: This post was written by StateImpact Indiana reporter Kyle Stokes. When President Obama announced a plan in September to allow states to apply for waivers from key requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, he took a shot at Congress. “I’ve urged Congress for a while now — let’s get a bipartisan effort, [...]

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