Class Struggle: Arne Duncan


Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 12/29/2009

The truth about Arne Duncan and the Chicago schools

Those districts will never rise to the level of their suburban neighbors. But you can see Duncan has been working at this very hard for many years, and (if you look at what he says rather than what sloppy writers like me have suggested) has always been honest about how far his home town still needs to go.

By Jay Mathews  |  10:38 AM ET, 12/29/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jay on the Web | Tags:  Arne Duncan, Chester E. Finn Jr., Chicago schools, criticism of Duncan's record, education secretaries' records

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 12/01/2009

Mr. President: Be the bad guy, start closing schools.

Start closing bad charter schools, Mr. President. The teachers union officials who have long thought charters, most of them not unionized, as the enemy will applaud your squashing those vermin. The pro-charter people will support you too, because they have long argued that the great advantage of charters is that unsuccessful ones can be closed quickly and easily.

By Jay Mathews  |  05:30 AM ET, 12/01/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jay on the Web | Tags:  Arne Duncan, Blue Ribbon Schools, Obama the Terminator, Race to the Top, bad schools, charter schools

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 11/17/2009

Don't save bad schools--terminate them

This year's hot education topic is fixing what is broken. The first sentence of U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan's July 22 speech was: "Today, I want to focus on the challenge of turning around our chronically low-achieving schools." It...

By Jay Mathews  |  05:30 AM ET, 11/17/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jay on the Web | Tags:  Andy Smarick, Arne Duncan, start-up schools, turnaround schools

Posted at 06:06 PM ET, 11/11/2009

What should I ask Arne?

The Obama administration once again shows its willingness to deal with even the most wayward types by inviting me for a visit to the U.S. Education Department tomorrow, Thursday, at 10 a.m. This thoughtful gesture came after I set...

By Jay Mathews  |  06:06 PM ET, 11/11/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jay on the Web | Tags:  Arne Duncan; education secretary;