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  • Obama, Hu toast 'strategic mutual trust' at state dinner (Dingy 'dictator' Reid skips town)

    01/19/2011 8:23:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/19/11 | Christina Wilkie
    Obama, Hu toast 'strategic mutual trust' at state dinnerBy Christina Wilkie - 01/19/11 10:30 PM ET President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao toasted U.S. and Chinese collaboration and mutual interests on Wednesday night at a festive state dinner for 225 guests at the White House. Their toasts marked the high point of an evening notable for its strict adherence to the protocol and symbolism valued in Chinese culture, but which, at the same time, managed to fulfill the Chinese delegation's request for a thoroughly American dinner party. Guests dined on a meal of pear salad, lobster, ribeye steak and...
  • Student Loan Debt: To Forgive and Forget

    06/16/2015 7:22:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 16, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    "You'd have to be made of stone not to feel for these students," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said as he announced an Obama administration decision to forgive as many as 350,000 loans taken out by students of the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges. "Some of these schools have brought the ethics of payday lending into higher education." I do feel for any adults who took out loans to pay for college courses that they expected to help land them jobs -- but didn't. If the government forgives their debts, then they still never will get back their time or restore their hopes....
  • Common Core Timeline – Who, When, Why, How (shortened)

    05/29/2015 1:15:27 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 6 replies
    Maggies Notebook ^ | Mar 30, 2014 | Maggie
    Common Core has many players in the background that most of us are not aware of. This has been a long-time coming, and a hard-sell for a vast cast of Progressives, but sell it they did, and eventually it received the clueless support of state Governors and departments of Education who thought Race-to-the-Top bribes would shore up state education coffers. Surely, no one would teach that the Boston Tea Party was a terrorist action or that Allah is “God,” or that Shariah law provides for the poor and has an exceptional code of moral conduct. Who would believe that could happen in America, but...
  • More Radicals for Common Core: The Pro-Amnesty Contingent

    05/29/2015 1:19:53 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 3 replies
    Townhall ^ | Apr 18, 2013 | Mary Grabar
    My antennae go up whenever any education initiative is associated with radicals, like Bill Ayers. We still don’t know why Bill Ayers was at an education conference with Arne Duncan and a representative from Achieve, the well-connected, Washington-based non-profit organizing this effort to nationalize education. But once I began investigating the curricula and test questions I learned that sure enough, the rigorous “standards” turned out to be nothing more than efforts to impose a curriculum that will make global citizens out of all American students. Or the kind of curriculum Bill Ayers would like.
  • A Catholic Perspective on Climate Change

    05/17/2015 7:11:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/17/2015 | Bruce Colbert
    Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, said, “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years since the Industrial Revolution.” For the U.N., it does not matter that the report by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change shows that human activity is not causing climate change. Climate change is actually about changing capitalism.
  • Schools now tasked with creating 'green' citizens

    05/17/2015 6:27:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 5/17/2015 | unknown
    Common Core is not a benign set of federals standards meant to make your children smarter, warns an educator who says it looks more like an indoctrination program to push students toward “green” jobs for a “green economy.” Alex Newman, coauthor of “Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians Are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children,” pointed to speeches by Education Secretary Arne Duncan. “He gave one to UNESCO in 2012, for example, and he bragged that he was using these standards and our government schools to create green citizens to take their place in the green world order with...
  • Education Secretary Meets With Chicago Gang Leaders: They Just Need Jobs

    05/13/2015 7:17:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 13, 2015 | 5:42 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan said on Tuesday that he has met with gang leaders in his hometown of Chicago and they’ve told him that it’s a lack of jobs that keeps them on the streets. “We have to have jobs for young people,” Duncan said at the National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention in Crystal City, Va. “I probably shouldn’t say this in a room like this, but occasionally when I go home I’ll sit down with some of the gang leaders—back home in Chicago.” He said he asked them what was the “biggest impediment” to getting gangs to stop...
  • Education Secretary Backs Public Boarding Schools: ‘Certain Kids We Should Have 24/7’

    05/13/2015 9:08:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 12, 2015 | 3:03 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Tuesday proposed the idea of public boarding schools, saying there are “just certain kids we should have 24/7.” “One idea that I threw out … is the idea of public boarding schools,” Duncan said at the National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention in Crystal City, Va. “That’s a little bit of a different idea—a controversial idea—but the question is do we have some children where there’s not a mom, there’s not a dad, there’s not a grandma, there’s just nobody at home? There’s just certain kids we should have 24/7 to really create a safe...
  • OBAMA SURROUNDS HIMSELF WITH THE MOST EXTREME APPOINTEES IN AMERICAN HISTORY - Obama's Czars

    03/27/2015 6:02:01 AM PDT · by EQAndyBuzz · 10 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | Undated | Steve Baldwin
    Much has been written about Obama’s controversial appointments, not only to the federal bench, but to key cabinet positions, as well as to the unaccountable (and probably unconstitutional) “Czar” positions. Much of the criticism has dwelled on the Obama administration’s lack of vetting when filling these rolls—but that’s not the issue. To the contrary, the Obama team did investigate thoroughly and they choose precisely. When an administration repeatedly nominates hard-left individuals, it’s not a vetting error—it’s a pattern. We should not allow the media to portray these appointments as a series of errors; but rather, we need to realize that...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 14 September 2014

    09/14/2014 5:04:58 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 143 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 14 September 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    p>The Talk Shows September 14th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): White House chief of staff Denis McDonough; Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C; Michael Hayden, a former CIA and National Security Agency director.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): McDonough; former Secretary of State James Baker; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.FACE THE NATION (CBS): McDonough; Secretary of State John Kerry; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas.THIS WEEK (ABC): McDonough; Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa; Education Secretary Arne Duncan.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): McDonough; Harkin; Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Rep. John...
  • Education Department tries to ease testing worries

    08/21/2014 12:21:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 21, 2014 2:51 PM EDT | Kimberly Hefling
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday that states can apply for extra time before they use student test scores to judge teachers’ performance. Duncan’s decision is an acknowledgement of the concerns by teachers’ unions and others that it’s too early to make teacher personnel decisions based on how well students do on new assessments developed under the Common Core standards that will be used in much of the country this school year. …
  • Dept. of Ed Goes Global

    08/18/2014 7:38:49 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 16 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 15, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The U.S. Department of Education’s report, “Succeeding Globally Through International Education and Engagement” tries to show how American students will gain more international experience. The report features six quotes by the department secretary Arne Duncan, with phrases such as “recipe for protectionism and global strife,” “grow the pie for all” or “compassionate neighbors” and “global society.” Here are the six quotes, with the corresponding dates, in full: “The economic future of the United States rests not only on its ability to strengthen our education system but also on citizens in other nations raising their living standards. Thinking of the future...
  • Union leader derides Obama education chief

    07/11/2014 7:16:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 11, 2014 9:21 PM EDT | Michael R. Blood
    The president of the nation’s second-largest teachers union said Friday that President Barack Obama’s education chief has turned his back on the concerns of educators and parents, but she stopped short of calling for his ouster. Teachers unions have been clashing with the Obama administration over its support for charter schools and its push to use student test scores as part of teacher evaluations, a relationship that further frayed after Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke in support of a California judge’s ruling last month that struck down tenure and other job protections for the state’s public school teachers. …
  • Historic win for school choice in Oklahoma

    06/13/2014 6:11:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 13, 2014 | Mike Turner
    Secretary of Education Arne Duncan can threaten us all he wants; we’re finished with Common Core in Oklahoma. Last week Governor Mary Fallin made it official, signing into law legislation repealing the law’s impact on our state’s education standards. As a state representative, I was proud to have voted to stop Common Core. As a conservative, I’m outraged I had to in the first place. We need to be standing up for school choice, not whitewashing standards that are better for bureaucrats than parents and children. At any rate, the Obama administration is none too happy with us. “We partner...
  • Education Secretary Arne Duncan: No, we don’t actually know the cost of our student loan program

    06/11/2014 3:10:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/11/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    An unsurprising yet groan-inducing addendum to the empty gestureexecutive order President Obama so magnanimously introduced this week to allow millions of student-loan borrowers to cap their monthly payments at 10 percent of their current income and then be fully forgiven after 20 years — a “favor” to borrowers to lessen their burdens that will, in the long run, only serve to inflate future tuition prices and borrowing costs ever further. I missed this on Monday, but the WFB didn’t:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN: We actually don’t know the cost yet. Obviously we have...
  • Arne Duncan Threatens Entire State Of Oklahoma Because State Backed Out Of Common Core

    06/10/2014 8:48:03 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 45 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/10/2014 | Eric Owens
    Thursday marked a high point for opponents of Common Core, as Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation making her state the third to ditch the national educational standards. In a press briefing at the White House on Monday, though, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan struck back by vaguely suggesting that the federal government may now punish Oklahoma. Duncan asserted that “40 percent of high school graduates” in Oklahoma “have to take remedial classes when they go to college” and only “25 percent of Oklahoma’s eighth-graders in math are proficient.” The Obama administration education chief declared that the Common Core Standards...
  • Common Core: Federal Agents To Be Placed In Schools (?)

    05/14/2014 4:26:53 PM PDT · by taildragger · 41 replies
    TellMeNow ^ | 5/12/2014 | Unknown
    Under a new program implemented by education czar Arne Duncan, employees from the federal department of education will be placed in schools throughout the nation to oversee their operations and ensure they’re following federal guidelines and procedures. This doesn’t sound so horrible, until you remember that the federal government isn’t supposed to have any hand in education and they’re continually telling us that their role is ‘limited’.
  • Education Sec. to Probe Why Young Black and Hispanic Men Are ‘Less Successful’ in the Job Market

    05/12/2014 5:18:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 12, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Monday will host an Internet discussion aimed at uncovering why young black and Hispanic men are “less successful” in the job market and in school, and what causes encounters between them and law enforcement. The discussion is part of President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, which the administration announced in February. That initiative created a task force including Duncan as education secretary, and is meant to develop proposals to “enhance positive outcomes and eliminate or reduce negative ones” for young black and Hispanic men. In his February announcement, Obama said many groups have...
  • Arne Duncan: ‘Worth Considering’ Giving Athletes Free Grad School Education

    03/24/2014 7:12:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 24, 2014 - 11:44 AM | Melanie Hunter
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday said it was “worth considering” giving student athletes a free graduate school education in addition to the free ride they already get for undergrad. “Yeah, I think that’s really important. People talk about helping them graduate from college. Yes, they should do that, but M.B.A., you know Master’s, PhD, having some ability for the rest of your life to go back and get education. I think that’s something worth considering. Some folks are talking about the medical expenses long term. I think that’s a fair question on the table,” Duncan...
  • Duncan calls for gun control measures (Education secretary)

    01/30/2014 12:39:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2014 2:50 PM EST
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan […] tells reporters that schools are often the safest place in a community, and gun violence is a societal problem and “not a school problem.” He says tougher gun control measures are needed. A spokeswoman for Duncan clarifies that he means the problem isn’t a lack of school safety, but easy access to guns. …
  • Obama’s Ed Secretary: Common Core Opponents Are White Suburban Moms with Dumb Kids

    11/19/2013 8:33:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2013 | Michael Schaus
    Obama’s Education Secretary recently said that opponents to the Administration’s “Common Core” Standards are merely “white suburban moms” who are, all of a sudden, learning that their kids aren’t real bright. Arne Duncan (wow. . . Perfect name for a 1970’s sitcom) made the degrading remarks to a group of state school superintendents on Friday. According to the Washington Post: U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a group of state schools superintendents Friday that he found it “fascinating” that some of the opposition to the Common Core State Standards has come from “white suburban moms who — all of...
  • Duncan Blames Common Core Fight On 'White Soccer Moms'

    11/18/2013 4:14:08 PM PST · by raptor22 · 23 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 18, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Common Core: Rather than defend a program accused of indoctrinating students via national standards and whose implementation is as bad as ObamaCare, Education Secretary Arne Duncan plays the race card. Perhaps nothing personifies the arrogant nanny state paternalism of the Obama administration more than this statement by Duncan on Friday: "It's fascinating to me that some of the pushback is coming from, sort of, white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn't as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn't quite as good as they thought they were, and that's pretty scary."...
  • High Standards for All Schools and Students, Everywhere (Arne Duncan on 'white suburban moms' slur)

    11/18/2013 3:46:50 PM PST · by kristinn · 11 replies
    U.S. Dept of Education ^ | Monday, November 18, 2013 | Sec. Arne Duncan
    We have a tendency in our fast-moving world to focus on controversial-sounding soundbites, instead of the complex policy debates that underlie them. Unfortunately, I recently played into that dynamic. A few days ago, in a discussion with state education chiefs, I used some clumsy phrasing that I regret – particularly because it distracted from an important conversation about how to better prepare all of America’s students for success. In talking about the importance of communicating about higher learning standards, I singled out one group of parents when my aim was to say that we need to communicate better to all...
  • Arne Duncan: White suburban moms’ upset that Common Core shows their kids aren’t ‘brilliant’

    11/17/2013 5:50:33 AM PST · by kristinn · 132 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, November 16, 2013 | Valerie Strauss
    (Update: Adding more on opposition to Core, where Duncan spoke) U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a group of state schools superintendents Friday that he found it “fascinating” that some of the opposition to the Common Core State Standards has come from “white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.” Yes, he really said that. But he has said similar things before. What, exactly, is he talking about? In his cheerleading for the controversial Common Core...
  • Obama administration presses forward on early education [socialist indoctrination]

    08/13/2013 12:31:15 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | Aug 13, 2013 | By CAITLIN EMMA
    President Barack Obama has found a way to cater to his obsession with pre-K programs while the rest of his education agenda stalls: Skip Congress and spend the money anyway. Hundreds of millions of dollars in discretionary funding for early learning are funneling into states although Congress hasn’t seriously considered paying for President Barack Obama’s universal preschool proposal. Race to the Top early learning awards and Affordable Care Act money are helping states carry out their pre-K and early childcare plans. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is traveling the country to deliver what amounts to an early childhood stump speech, and...
  • Obama presses forward on early ed ("Skip Congress and spend the money anyway")

    08/13/2013 10:50:44 AM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | August 13, 2013 | Caitlin Emma
    President Barack Obama has found a way to cater to his obsession with pre-K programs while the rest of his education agenda stalls: Skip Congress and spend the money anyway. Hundreds of millions of dollars in discretionary funding for early learning are funneling into states although Congress hasn’t seriously considered paying for President Barack Obama’s universal preschool proposal. Race to the Top early learning awards and Affordable Care Act money are helping states carry out their pre-K and early childcare plans. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is traveling the country to deliver what amounts to an early childhood stump speech, and...
  • Will the Common Core Standards Help Our Troubled Economy?

    07/12/2013 12:17:40 PM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 17 replies
    MainStreet.com ^ | 7-12-13 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    NEW YORK (MainStreet)—Secretary of Education Arne Duncan defended his Common Core standards during an address at the annual convention of the American Society of News Editors at the end of June. He admonished his critics. Secretary Duncan noted ...
  • Education Secretary Arne Duncan: Pre-School is Better Than Grandma

    06/14/2013 4:11:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 13, 2013 - 11:38 AM | Penny Starr
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday that “cultural hesitation” makes it more difficult for some Hispanic parents to want to enroll their children in public pre-school programs because of their preference for family and friends. Duncan’s remarks came when asked about pre-school and the Hispanic community at an event to mark the anniversary of Educare of Washington, D.C., a preschool for children from six weeks to five years old. …
  • White House hosts Hollywood actors, experts for mental health conference

    06/03/2013 7:40:57 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 36 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3 Jun 2013 | y Rachel Rose Hartman
    President Barack Obama and members of his administration are holding a day-long mental health conference Monday at the White House--and they have asked Hollywood to help lend some star power. Actors Bradley Cooper and Glenn Close are among those invited to participate in the meeting, which features a panel on negative attitudes toward mental illness moderated by Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius, a panel on mental health outreach moderated by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and opening remarks from the president and closing remarks from Vice President Joe Biden, Cooper and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. Close in 2009 co-founded...
  • Department of Education "Kids Zone" Features Communist Quote from Mao

    03/22/2013 4:20:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 3/22/13 | Daniel Greenfield
    I’m still waiting for the Hitler quote. Or is there a minimum number of people that a dictator has to murder before he gets placement on a part of the Department of Education website devoted to kids. This isn’t a generic quote about education being a good thing. It’s actually a quote about the need for Communist indoctrination among Communist Party members. The full quote that the Department of Education cut down comes at the end of an essay on “The Role of the Chinese Communist Party in the National War” “Whoever refuses to study these problems seriously and carefully...
  • Arne Duncan wants to fine basketball coaches whose players don't graduate

    03/21/2013 12:11:59 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 30 replies
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan is calling for the imposition of financial penalties on college basketball and football coaches whose players don't graduate. Duncan argues in a USA Today op-ed that too many coaches get bonuses for athletic performance that far outpace the bonuses for academic achievement. "If universities and colleges want to readjust a coach's priorities, they need to change the penalties and incentives they offer coaches," he and co-author Tom McMillen write. "...Poor academic performance means the team or the individual player — not the coach — gets punished. But no coach should receive financial bonuses when much of...
  • Obama names black education czar to reduce ‘resegregation’

    03/13/2013 7:35:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/13/13 | Jessica Chasmar
    U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has announced the appointment of David J. Johns as executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Mr. Johns’ duties will focus on improving the academic performance of black students, promoting understanding and tolerance among all Americans, as well as reducing “racial isolation and resegregation of elementary and secondary schools.” According to the president’s executive order last summer, this new position is part of an initiative to help “strengthen the Nation by improving educational outcomes for African Americans of all ages, and to help ensure that all African Americans
  • Educational Rot

    03/13/2013 5:50:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 13, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    American education is in a sorry state of affairs, and there's enough blame for all participants to have their fair share. They include students who are hostile and alien to the education process, uninterested parents, teachers and administrators who either are incompetent or have been beaten down by the system, and politicians who've become handmaidens for teachers unions. There's another education issue that's neither flattering nor comfortable to confront and talk about. That's the low academic preparation of many teachers. That's an issue that must be confronted and dealt with if we're to improve the quality of education. Let's look...
  • A Lesson in Education Hyperbole

    03/09/2013 6:41:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 9, 2013 | Ed Feulner
    Dire predictions about the fate of certain government programs were hardly in short supply recently, as sequester-related budget cuts loomed. So it was hardly a surprise when Education Secretary Arne Duncan got in on the act. “It just means a lot more children will not get the kinds of services and opportunities they need, and as many as 40,000 teachers could lose their jobs,” he said in an interview with Face the Nation. “There are literally teachers now who are getting pink slips, who are getting notices that they can’t come back this fall.” Turns out, though, that it isn’t...
  • Duncan concedes misleading comments on 'pink slips'

    03/01/2013 12:21:05 PM PST · by ColdOne · 8 replies
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan tried Friday to explain his claim that teachers have already been laid off because of sequestration –– all he'd meant to say was that teachers have been warned about layoffs tied to the federal spending cuts. "Let me be really, really clear about this, we're getting caught in the details here: What I said was that teachers were getting notices. In the district we talked about, 110 teachers have gotten notices," he said during a question-and-answer session at Rolling Terrace Elementary School in Takoma Park, Md., just outside the District of Columbia. "Now I think there...
  • Duncan on sequestration: 'Kids are gonna get hurt'

    02/27/2013 10:09:42 AM PST · by ColdOne · 10 replies
    Most cuts to education wouldn't take effect until the start of the next school year, though districts would likely begin warning employees of layoffs in March and April. But cuts to the Impact Aid program for districts with many students who live on military bases and Indian lands would be effective immediately and the effects would begun being felt next week, Duncan said. The funding could be restored if sequestration is fixed in the coming weeks, he said.
  • Does Your Neighborhood Show Promise, Comrade ?

    01/08/2013 10:18:18 PM PST · by Absolutely Nobama · 9 replies
    Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 01/09/12 | Alan Levy
    From the indoctrination specialists and propagandists at the Department of Education (which doesn't really educate children, but I digress. Emphasis added where appropriate, snarky comments in [brackets].) *** "Program Description Program Office: Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII) CFDA Number: 84.215P (Planning) and 84.215N (Implementation) Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants [Kiss your money goodbye, prole!] Program Description: Promise Neighborhoods, established under the legislative authority of the Fund for the Improvement of Education Program (FIE), [also known as "not Congress"] provides funding to support eligible entities, including (1) nonprofit organizations, which may include faith-based nonprofit organizations, (2) institutions of higher education, and...
  • Arne Duncan Says ‘Reasonable People’ Should Back Gun Restrictions

    12/21/2012 2:37:29 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 44 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Sarah Parnass
    Two hours before the National Rifle Association told the country that guns were not to blame for the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today said that “reasonable people” should be able to overcome their differences on the issue and work to craft tougher laws. Duncan, a member of Vice President Joe Biden’s new task force charged with finding solutions to America’s gun violence, said the goal should be to support “common sense” measures such as banning “assault weapons” and high-capacity ammunition, and closing gun-show loopholes in the background-check process. “Reasonable people should be...
  • Your Kid Needs Indoctrination, Not Education

    10/08/2012 6:47:46 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 4 replies
    Alan Levy, Sales Rep By Day, Rightwing Avenger By Night | 10/08/12 | Alan Levy
    There are many things one can expect from a Barack Hussein Obama diatribe. The first thing you'll notice is a whole lot of mumbling and stuttering, much like a poor soul suffering a mini-stroke. The second is the occasional phoney-baloney "Malcolm X voice" (H/T Ann Coulter) if he's PO'ed about something. (You know, things like FOX News, no more chicken poodle soup, Benjamin Netanyahu, a lousy day at the links, that sort of thing.) The third thing you'll notice is his incessant cheerleading for federal interference in education, Constitution be damned. This cheerleading happens in almost every one of his...
  • Educational Lunacy

    08/22/2012 2:02:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2012 | Walter E. Williams
    If I were a Klansman, wanting to sabotage black education, I couldn't find better allies than education establishment liberals and officials in the Obama administration, especially Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who in March 2010 announced that his department was "going to reinvigorate civil rights enforcement." For Duncan, the civil rights issue was that black elementary and high school students are disciplined at a higher rate than whites. His evidence for discrimination is that blacks are three and a half times more likely to be suspended or expelled than their white peers. Duncan and his Obama administration supporters conveniently ignored...
  • Creating a National Education System through Federal Waivers

    07/13/2012 8:36:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    National Review Online - The Corner ^ | July 13, 2012 | Sally Lovejoy
    In just three short years, President Obama and Secretary Duncan have quietly been laying the ground work to put this country on the path toward a national education system. While many are celebrating the premature death of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, a greater threat looms on the horizon which has received little attention. Make no mistake about it; through waivers and federal grants, this administration is changing our K-12 educational system as dramatically as our health-care system but without the statutory authority granted by our elected officials.
  • The Big Hoax (Thomas Sowell)

    03/12/2012 11:45:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 13, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    There have been many frauds of historic proportions — for example, the financial pyramid scheme for which Charles Ponzi was sent to prison in the 1920s, and for which Franklin D. Roosevelt was praised in the 1930s, when he called it Social Security. In our own times, Bernie Madoff's hoax has made headlines. But the biggest hoax of the past two generations is still going strong — namely, the hoax that statistical differences in outcomes for different groups are due to the way other people treat those groups. The latest example of this hoax is the joint crusade of...
  • Report: Secretary Duncan got $50K payout from Chicago schools

    02/03/2012 10:27:14 AM PST · by ColdOne · 3 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/3/12 | BYRON TAU
    Secretary of Education Arne Duncan got a $50,000 payout in unused sick and vacation leave when he left his job as CEO of the Chicago Public Schools system to join the Obama administration. According to a new report by the watchdog group Better Government Association, the secretary was able to take advantage of department policy to covert unused, accrued benefits into a cash payout. Since 2006, Chicago's school system has paid $265 million to employees under this policy, with $227 million for sick days alone. The policy was put into place by the Chicago school board and predates Duncan, a...
  • Arne Duncan: Pay great teachers $150K

    01/27/2012 8:18:12 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 60 replies
    Arne Duncan: Pay great teachers $150K By: Tim Mak January 27, 2012 09:28 AM EST Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday that the starting salaries of teachers should double, up to $65,000 a year, and that excellent teachers should be able to make up to $150,000. “I’ve been very radical on this. I think that young teachers, we should double their salaries [to] $60,000, $65,000. I think that great teachers should be able to make $130,000, $140,000, $150,000 - pick a number,” said Duncan on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Duncan suggested those figures while responding to a question about New York...
  • Education secretary calls for 12-hour school days, longer school year

    07/28/2010 10:34:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 100 replies · 38+ views
    daily caller ^ | 7/28/10 | Paul Conner
    If Education Secretary Arne Duncan has his way, kids would be spending a lot more time at school — and a three-month summer would be a thing of the past. Duncan joked with attendees at a luncheon at the National Press Club Tuesday in Washington that he would like schools to stay open 13 months out of the year. Then he told the audience of over 100 that he seriously supports longer school hours. “In all seriousness, I think schools should be open 12, 13, 14 hours a day, seven days a week, 11-12 months of the year,” Duncan said....
  • Robert Scott calls out Arne Duncan (with good reason)

    08/21/2011 1:25:29 PM PDT · by radioone · 5 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 8-21-11 | Rodger Jones
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan's insult to Texas public education was a politically motivated distortion that doesn't become a federal official in his position. What a load this guy is. We shouldn't hear lies come out of the mouth of the nation's top education official (photo at right) when he discusses the record of millions of students and dedicated educators. People work too hard to have their work dismissed with his pathetic statement about feeling "very, very badly for the children there." TEA Commissioner Robert Scott emailed Duncan a sharp response last night (keep reading for text), and I'm glad he...
  • States rush to leave No Child law behind

    08/10/2011 6:02:20 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9:40 p.m., Tuesday, August 9, 2011 | Ben Wolfgang
    States are rushing for the No Child Left Behind exit door. Within hours of Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s announcement Monday that he will grant waivers from federal mandates, several states announced that they would apply for relief. Many others are expressing interest, pending the release of more details next month. Tennessee didn’t wait for Mr. Duncan’s news conference: The state sent its waiver request two weeks ago. The mad dash to escape high-stakes testing and gain more flexibility represents “a sense of desperation” among states, said Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators. “There’s no question...
  • Obama Administration Exempting Schools From Federal Law’s Testing Mandate

    08/08/2011 5:29:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 54 replies
    AP/CNS News ^ | Monday, August 08, 2011 | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP
    State and local education officials have been begging the federal government for relief from student testing mandates in the federal No Child Left Behind law, but school starts soon and Congress still hasn't answered the call. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he will announce a new waiver system Monday to give schools a break. The plan to offer waivers to all 50 states, as long as they meet other school reform requirements, comes at the request of President Barack Obama, Duncan said. More details on the waivers will come in September, he said. The goal of the No Child Left...
  • Obama Exempting Schools From Testing Mandate

    08/08/2011 2:22:31 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    Big Hairy News ^ | August 8, 2011 | Scooter Van Neuter
    Obama administration Education Secretary Arne Duncan is announcing today a system of waivers relieving public schools from federally-mandated reading and math proficiency tests.
  • Education Reporting Gets Boost

    07/26/2011 1:35:04 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 22, 2011 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Hard-hitting reporting of higher education has been so abysmal for so long that when newspapers cut back on their coverage of it, readers seldom notice. Too many reporters were inclined to merely parrot the press releases of the colleges and universities they cover. Now that readers can obtain this information for themselves on the internet, that approach is particularly superfluous. More than honorable mention on this score must be given to Scott Jaschik, co-founder and editor of Inside Higher Ed.com. As well, recently I had a chance to see the formidable Amanda Ripley in action. A contributor to Time and...