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Arne Duncan Can't Quite Explain Why He's Dissing Texas
Time ^ | Andrew J. Rotherham

Posted on 08/20/2011 7:44:27 AM PDT by indianrightwinger

Friday, Aug. 19, 2011 Arne Duncan Can't Quite Explain Why He's Dissing Texas By Andrew J. Rotherham

Why is Arne Duncan messing with Texas? I asked the Secretary of Education about this a few hours after he injected himself into the presidential-election scrum. Policy wonks like me had woken up to baffling reports that Duncan told Bloomberg Television's Al Hunt that the Texas school system "has really struggled" under Rick Perry, the GOP governor who just announced he is running for President. "Far too few of their high school graduates are actually prepared to go on to college," Duncan said in the TV interview, which is scheduled to air this weekend, telling Hunt that he feels "very, very badly for the children there."

When I asked Duncan about this dire assessment in an interview I had scheduled today for my next School of Thought column, the former head of the Chicago school system was light on specifics:

"Texas has challenges. The record speaks for itself. Lots of other states have challenges too. But there is a lot of hard work that needs to be done in Texas and a lot of children who need a chance to get a great education." (See the education crisis no one is talking about.)

But what about the fact, I responded, that on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Texas' fourth- and eighth-graders substantially outperformed their peers in Chicago in reading and math?

(Excerpt) Read more at time.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: education; laraza; maldef; perry; perrytards; texas; texican
What a buffoon!
1 posted on 08/20/2011 7:44:31 AM PDT by indianrightwinger
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To: indianrightwinger

Given what we’ve seen during the past couple of weeks, Perry entering the race has really caught the dems off guard. You can tell the 0bama people are flatfooted and scared, because they are flailing with their attacks.


2 posted on 08/20/2011 7:51:25 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: indianrightwinger

By Chicago Public Schools’ own reckoning, about a quarter of its elementary schools and more than 40 percent of its high schools are failing, according to internal documents obtained by the Tribune.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-09-09/news/ct-met-cps-failing-schools-20100909_1_elementary-schools-high-schools-data


3 posted on 08/20/2011 7:54:19 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: indianrightwinger

Pathetic.

A third rate political hack who utterly failed as head of Chicago Schools lying about Rick Perry’s Texas performance.


4 posted on 08/20/2011 7:55:05 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: indianrightwinger

Tell us about the Chicago public schools achievements donk.


5 posted on 08/20/2011 7:55:25 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (democRATS—just doing al Qaeda ground work? Obama owns it all now.)
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To: indianrightwinger

Wow, hard to believe this in Time. Interestingly most of the comments on this article at the website are pro-Perry.


6 posted on 08/20/2011 7:56:27 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: indianrightwinger
I saw a clip of this moron say those things..This little Obama troll is doing the bidding of Obama he has sent his little ugly trolls out to down anything to do with Texas and Perry..BO wants to be able to say he ran a clean race but sends the trolls out to do the dirty work..Just because he knows he can lose to Perry..It has just begun..Get the popcorn out and wait..
7 posted on 08/20/2011 7:56:33 AM PDT by PLD
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To: indianrightwinger

Even granting him the benefit of all doubt - let’s see one specific issue or program that the Governor was responsible for that adversely impacted Texas education. In contrast to local school boards, school adminstrators, teachers, parents, etc...


8 posted on 08/20/2011 7:57:48 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: indianrightwinger

I wonder if Time has concluded that their politics is responsible for the demise of their business.

Someone probably told them they have six months to turn it around.


9 posted on 08/20/2011 7:59:51 AM PDT by Eldon Tyrell
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To: indianrightwinger

Between you and I, I feel badly for Arne Duncan.


10 posted on 08/20/2011 8:00:10 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot)
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To: indianrightwinger

Arne Duncan has proven himself to be a political lackey in the service of a much bigger buffoon. He sold himself out, in a completely unprofessional manner. This is why politics sucks and this is why Obama lied when he said he would bring change...he brought nothing of the sort. His administration is nothing but hateful partisan attacks, completely volunteered at the blink of an eye!

It is all about Obama, screaming arrogance from a thin skinned, spoiled, over rewarded brat who thinks he is the focus of the world. He is not a leader and he has now shown that. He is a thousand miles away from his “soaring” rhetoric of 2008. He is not inspiring at all.

An old Chinese proverb - “Even Donkey dung shines when its new” - and the bloom is off that rose.


11 posted on 08/20/2011 8:00:47 AM PDT by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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To: indianrightwinger

Have not seen a positive story on Perry since he’s entered the race and that’s from both sides of the political spectrum.
I can’t imagine what it will be like when Palin jumps in.


12 posted on 08/20/2011 8:01:26 AM PDT by Recon Dad ("Don't shoot fast, unless you also shoot good..")
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To: indianrightwinger

Looks like our Secretary of Education is now in full campaign mode. This is going to be a long election season. Next month, Duncan will be on TV telling us how badly he feels for Alaska students.


13 posted on 08/20/2011 8:04:41 AM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: indianrightwinger

Not saying we have perfect schools, but we are handicapped in that so many of the students don’t speak English so it’s hard to prepare them for college. It costs money to find teachers who speak TexMex and most of us are sick of paying extra to teach the children of illegals. School districts where English is the primary language and parents are actively involved are still turning out students prepared for higher education.


14 posted on 08/20/2011 8:07:57 AM PDT by McLynnan
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To: indianrightwinger

Of course old Arne doesn’t tell you that Texas’ National Honor Society students performed top of the nation out of Denton County. You see, we don’t invite kids into that group unless they are the tops.

And I’m sure old Arne is cringing now that charges are being revealed of the many states cheating on their stats to get a piece of Race to The Top.

Democrats always think bribery and throwing money at something is a solution. But it’s usually what leads to corruption.


15 posted on 08/20/2011 8:11:17 AM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: indianrightwinger
"very, very badly for the children there."

It sounds like Mr. Duncan ought to return to school himself. "I feel badly" is an improper construction. "I feel bad" is correct. "I feel badly" means that Mr. Duncan is unwilling or unable to feel well.
16 posted on 08/20/2011 8:11:20 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (It's fun to play with your vision, but don't ever play with your eyes.-1970's PSA)
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To: indianrightwinger

Texas’ kids parents mostly have jobs, so they can’t be around as much as parents in many blue states to help their children with their homework.


17 posted on 08/20/2011 8:13:41 AM PDT by Spartan79 (I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health, and the liberties of man.)
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To: McLynnan
Not saying we have perfect schools, but we are handicapped in that so many of the students don’t speak English so it’s hard to prepare them for college. It costs money to find teachers who speak TexMex and most of us are sick of paying extra to teach the children of illegals. School districts where English is the primary language and parents are actively involved are still turning out students prepared for higher education.

No problemo. These illegals will be moved up the educational ladder under Bush's No Child Left Behind Act and take away Texas university class seats from U.S. citizen students under Perry's Texas DREAM Act while their parents enjoy amnesty under Obama's "immigration reform policy. Problem Solved! /s/

18 posted on 08/20/2011 8:22:02 AM PDT by TADSLOS (Free Republic- Still AAA++ rated)
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To: RowdyFFC

If you’ve ever heard Arne speak, he barely can string a sentence together in the queens English. He evidently skipped a lot of classes.


19 posted on 08/20/2011 8:22:28 AM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: ilovesarah2012

The underperformance of the Chicago public schools is totally shocking when you consider that n0bama himself, in his only executive role ever, was the founding chairman of the Board of Directors for the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (1995 to 2001). The CAC was initiated by Bill Ayers (some local guy that Hussein knew about that taught English in a nearby university).

You would have thought that with the tremendous brain power of these 2 leading the charge and with $50m of funding plus 2-to-1 matching funds that they would have sown seeds for unbounded success for Chicago’s public schools. An internal report deemed the results of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge to be a failure.

So then what happens? Our great country elevates n0bama to the highest elected executive position in the land. He in turn selects the leader of the failing Chicago public school system, Arne Duncan, to lead the charge for our education system on a national level. Along the way, in a totally bizarre twist, Duncan selects a leader of sexual perversion, Kevin Jennings (founder of GLSEN) to become the Safe Schools Czar for our children.

And this guy takes pot shots at Texas?


20 posted on 08/20/2011 8:26:26 AM PDT by ne1410s (Tolerate my intolerance or you too are intolerant!)
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To: KoRn

Perry has really put them into a frenzy to demagogue and try to get it to spread to the Conservatives too - all the more reason to consider him as a solid potential. The “purists” will find any crack, even from a decade or more ago to “disqualify” him, but we will have a finite choice and should be prepared to go to the wall for whoever it is. Palin/Perry or Perry/Palin might make an interesting and potent ticket - neither seems to be afraid to speak out and hurt the poor Libs’ feelings.


21 posted on 08/20/2011 8:28:35 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: TADSLOS

Well there you go! Meanwhile bright U.S. citizen students from out of state pay higher tuition rates. Something isn’t fair here but what do I know.


22 posted on 08/20/2011 8:54:17 AM PDT by McLynnan
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To: McLynnan

The Texas education system is as heavily immersed in social engineering from K-university level on the taxpayer dime as any other state, despite the rhetoric to the contrary.


23 posted on 08/20/2011 8:57:54 AM PDT by TADSLOS (Free Republic- Still AAA++ rated)
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To: TADSLOS

What you say is true and I’m not in favor of throwing any more money at the problem. My opinion is that the problems begin at home. As long as we have parents who don’t value education and language challenged children who are in the system illegally Texas will have children who don’t graduate. I don’t know how we fix the first problem.


24 posted on 08/20/2011 9:13:52 AM PDT by McLynnan
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To: Recon Dad
Have not seen a positive story on Perry since he’s entered the race and that’s from both sides of the political spectrum.... I can’t imagine what it will be like when Palin jumps in.

Sarah has been there, done that, and the T-shirt is in the laundry.

25 posted on 08/20/2011 9:29:18 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Liberalism: the belief that with enough $ one can wish away any natural law he finds inconvenient)
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To: Hoodat
Looks like our Secretary of Education is now in full campaign mode. This is going to be a long election season. Next month, Duncan will be on TV telling us how badly he feels for Alaska students

If he's kept busy with politics, perhaps that will be a good thing for schools...less damage he can do if his thoughts and actions are elsewhere.

26 posted on 08/20/2011 9:31:08 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Liberalism: the belief that with enough $ one can wish away any natural law he finds inconvenient)
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To: PLD

Point of information (probably not necessary here on the FREEP), but Arne Duncan chose to live in Fairfax County, VA when he moved to Washington for this gig. Gee, I wonder why he didn’t chose to live in DC proper. Do you think it had anything to do with the public school system there?


27 posted on 08/20/2011 9:44:51 AM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds ("The problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: indianrightwinger

Per the video at the link, Arne’s a Faber College graduate.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhkyRZoHlTM


28 posted on 08/20/2011 9:47:05 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (The 2012 election is coming. Seems we have MORE TRASH TO REMOVE!)
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To: indianrightwinger

Texas schools are never ranked very high, but why? Liberals say it’s not enough money, those that live here say it’s illegal aliens. I just moved my Son from a public school to a private school because he was a minority in his class. The only parents that showed up consistently to volunteer and support their kids, were the parents of the non-Hispanic kids. Apparently, most Hispanics view school as little more than daycare.


29 posted on 08/20/2011 9:52:33 AM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: TADSLOS

I have compared major school district budgets in Texas vs California.

Short answer - you are wrong. Texas is considerably less obsessed with social engineering. Way less of Texas budgets are devoted to categorical funding - money devoted, generally, as targeted spending for social engineering purposes.


30 posted on 08/20/2011 10:00:26 AM PDT by buwaya
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To: Republic of Texas

Texas schools aren’t ranked high generally because Texas has a very high proportion of minority kids - in fact it has a majority of minorities, of the kids enrolled in the public schools.

That said, minority kids (and white ones too) do much better in Texas on average than than the average of their peers nationally.

Texas has been dealt a relatively poor hand in education, but has done exceptionally well for all that.


31 posted on 08/20/2011 10:04:45 AM PDT by buwaya
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To: buwaya

Agreed.


32 posted on 08/20/2011 10:07:47 AM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Republic of Texas

Another fact: Texas schools are majority “Hispanic”, and those Hispanics nearly outnumber the total number of students in Illinois. Texas achieves similar test results to Illinois with less money spent per capita and with much, much worse demographics.

Haqving said that, the govenment school system needs to shut down immediately. Conservatives need to rescue their children and become responsible by getting off the government education-welfare teat.


33 posted on 08/20/2011 10:11:31 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: indianrightwinger

Arne Duncan knows full well why Chicago’s schools perform worse than Texas’s. He just can’t say it because, you see, race is involved. He should have kept his big mouth shut.


34 posted on 08/20/2011 11:05:21 AM PDT by BfloGuy (Workers and consumers are, of course, identical.)
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