Monday, October 7, 2013

Is Arne Duncan Out of Ammo?

Derek observed recently that Congress’ failure to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind has essentially made Education Secretary Arne Duncan a national school superintendent. Common Core funding and NCLB waivers (or avoidance of NCLB penalties) are incentives too good for most states to refuse.  This weekend, an article examines Duncan’s next three years at the ED—as he runs out of carrots and now must break out the sticks to win states’ compliance with the Obama administration’s policies. The article notes that “[a]t least four states are fighting with the Education Department over their waivers, Georgia plans to appeal a federal decision to withhold a small portion of its Race to the Top award, and California continues to test the bounds of what it can and can't do on school accountability under federal law. In contrast to the early years of the Obama administration, Mr. Duncan is now "wildly unpopular," said Maria Ferguson, the executive director of the Center on Education Policy at George Washington University.” Read more here.

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