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  • San Antonio Spurs beat down Miami Heat, earn fifth NBA title with Game 5 win

    06/15/2014 8:09:38 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 54 replies ^ | 6-15-14 | Mark Heim
    SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs won their fifth NBA championship, beating the Miami Heat 104-87 on Sunday night to win the series in five games. Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who added this title to the ones they won in 1999, 2003, '05 and '07. They nearly had another last year, but couldn't hold off the Heat and lost in seven games. The rematch was no match at all. San Antonio rebounded from an early 16-point deficit by outscoring the Heat 37-13 from the start of the second quarter to midway in...
  • OUTRAGE: U.S. Marine Being Held in Brutal Mexican Prison – For Making a ‘Wrong Turn’ (Video)

    05/03/2014 7:38:55 AM PDT · by montag813 · 74 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 05-03-2014 | Brian Hayes
    Above: Afghanistan combat veteran Andrew Tahmooressi- by Brian Hayes | Top Right NewsSo our last report saw Mexican troops invading our borders -- even drawing weapons on our agents on U.S. soil -- and facing absolutely no consequences by the Obama Adminstration. But let one American make a wrong turn into Mexico -- and there will be hell to pay. That's exactly what happened to a U.S. Marine veteran last month, after he accidentally drove into Mexico with three legally owned guns in his truck. And he has been rotting in a brutal Mexican jail in Tijuana ever since.California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter...
  • 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. …
  • 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."...
  • Arne Duncan apologizes for ‘clumsy’ ‘white suburban moms’ comment

    11/18/2013 4:07:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 11/18/13 | staff
    Vaughn Sterling ✔ @vplus Follow CNN JUST IN: Arne Duncan sorry for comments re:white suburban moms “My wording, my phrasing, was a little clumsy and I apologize for that”
  • Photos surface of teens who 'shot college baseball player dead as he was jogging because

    08/20/2013 1:21:59 PM PDT · by don-o · 150 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 20, 2013
    Here are pictures of three teenagers accused in the thrill-kill murder of a college baseball player in Oklahoma. The senseless slaying of Christopher Lane, 23, has sent shock waves from the Sooner State to the victim’s native Australia. “They followed him, shot him in the back and drove off,” Duncan, Okla., police chief Danny Ford said yesterday. “When asked why he [a 17-year-old suspect] did it, he said, ‘We were bored and decided to kill somebody.’ ” The suspects have been identified as as Chancey Luna, 16, James Edwards, 15, and Michael Jones, 17. Lane died Friday afternoon after he...
  • Shock as Australian baseballer gunned down by US teens

    08/18/2013 9:56:01 PM PDT · by seacapn · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 18, 2013 | AFP
    <p>An Australian family was Monday struggling to come to terms with the "senseless" death of their baseballer son in a random drive-by shooting by three teenagers in the United States.</p> <p>Chris Lane, 22, was in the US on a baseball scholarship and was jogging in the small town of Duncan in Oklahoma when he was shot in the back on Friday and left to die on the side of the road.</p>

    06/25/2013 6:52:30 AM PDT · by rhema · 22 replies
    WND ^ | 6/24/13 | PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY
    Under the media’s radar, Obama has been aggressively promoting one of his fiscally extravagant projects announced in his 2013 State of the Union Address: “preschool available to every single child in America.” The plan for the federal government to take over the care of preschool children, a longtime goal of the feminists that used to be called universal child care, is now (probably to sound academic) called Pre-K. The Obama administration downplays the $75 billion initial cost of Pre-K by claiming it can be covered by raising the federal tax on cigarettes from $1.01 to $1.95. But cigarette taxes were...
  • Bring Back Birtherism? GOP Rep. Says Congress Should Revisit Questions About Obama’s ‘Validity’

    06/22/2013 1:58:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Mediaite ^ | June 18, 2013 | Andrew Kirell
    Appearing on TruNews talk radio this week, Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) agreed with host Rick Wiles that Congress ought to revisit questions about the validity of President Obama’s birth certificate in light of the recent scandals involving the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice. After Wiles and Rep. Duncan discussed their desire to pursue and deport illegal immigrants, rather than extend the possibility of citizenship to them, the host asked if the House has any intention to also “pursue Barack Obama’s phony identification papers.” At first, Duncan shied away from directly addressing the so-called “birther” concerns, simply...
  • Duncan: Hard to teach kids scared of being killed

    01/17/2013 4:05:42 PM PST · by ColdOne · 6 replies ^ | 1//17/13 | AP
    "By far, the toughest part of my job was going to those funerals, going to those homes and going to those classrooms," he told a conference of the nation's mayors who met with Duncan earlier in the day to discuss education.
  • 'Green Mile' actor Michael Clarke Duncan dead at 54

    09/03/2012 8:59:05 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 30 replies
    <p>Michael Clarke Duncan, the hulking, prolific character actor whose dozens of films included an Oscar-nominated performance as a death row inmate in "The Green Mile" and such other box office hits as "Armageddon," "Planet of the Apes" and "Kung Fu Panda," is dead at age 54.</p>
  • 2012 Easter Message from Archbishop Duncan

    04/07/2012 3:48:38 PM PDT · by lightman · 2 replies
    Anglican Church in North America ^ | 7 April AD 2012 | ++Robert Duncan
    EASTER HOMILY Preached by the Most Reverend Robert Duncan at the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh Vigil, in St. Peter's Church in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, on Easter Eve, 7th April, A.D.2012. They were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb? [Mark 16:3] In the Name of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, One God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Blessed and Praised forever: Amen. In all four gospels it is women who come first to the tomb. Matthew, Mark and Luke all tell us the purpose: to anoint Jesus'...
  • Duncan Does an End Run on Congress

    03/16/2012 8:28:38 PM PDT · by Rabin · 4 replies · 1+ views ^ | March 16, 2012 | Ryan Teague Beckwith
    Arne Duncan is not waiting (we can't wait!!!) for Congress to change the way America’s schools operate… The secretary of education is using grant money and waivers to change education policy, ..Duncan has used $4.35 billion in money from the 2009 stimulus bill to give grants to states that improve academic standards, lift caps on charter schools, and reward good teachers.
  • 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...
  • Denver appeals court upholds military impostor law ( Stolen Valor Act )

    01/28/2012 4:17:11 PM PST · by george76 · 62 replies
    ap ^ | January 27, 2012
    The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that a federal law making it illegal to lie about being a war hero is constitutional and making false statements is not always protected free speech. ... The Colorado case involves Rick Strandlof, who was arrested after claiming he was wounded in Iraq as a Marine and had received military medals. His lawyers have acknowledged the claims were false.
  • Are Public-School Teachers Underpaid?

    11/02/2011 9:56:26 AM PDT · by neverdem · 56 replies
    National Review ^ | November 01, 2011 | Andrew G. Biggs
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan thinks public-school teachers are “desperately underpaid” and has called for doubling teacher salaries. In a new paper co-authored with Jason Richwine of the Heritage Foundation, I look into whether teachers really are desperately underpaid, or underpaid at all. Jason and I find that the conventional wisdom is far off the truth.At first glance, public-school teachers definitely look underpaid. According to Census data, teachers receive salaries around 20 percent lower than similarly educated private-sector workers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says teachers’ benefits are about the same as benefits in the private sector. But both the salary...
  • 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....
  • Education chief gets an F

    08/29/2011 5:29:19 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | August 29, 2011 | Jack Kelly
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been a presidential candidate for barely two weeks, but already polls indicate he's even with President Barack Obama. So the administration trotted out Education Secretary Arne Duncan to knock him down a peg. Texas schools have "really struggled" under Gov. Perry, Mr. Duncan told Bloomberg's Al Hunt Aug. 18. "Far too few of their high school graduates are actually prepared to go on to college ... I feel really badly for the children there." It's cheesy for a Cabinet officer to be so political. But that's not why Mr. Obama shouldn't have used the former...
  • Dallas Morning News: Duncan flat-out lied about Texas education

    08/21/2011 11:22:44 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8/21/11
    Time Magazine’s Andrew Rotherham professed to being “confused” over Arne Duncan’s attack on the performance of Texas schools — and his ignorance over the performance of the Chicago school district Duncan actually ran. The Dallas Morning News’ editorial writer Rodger Jones isn’t confused at all. He’s irate. In a column that appeared in yesterday’s newspaper, Jones prints the response to Duncan from Robert Scott, Texas’ education chief, but not before getting in a few shots himself at Duncan’s “lies”: Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s insult to Texas public education was a politically motivated distortion that doesn’t become a federal official in...
  • Have Public Schools Turned Out To Be "The Great Equalizer"?

    07/22/2011 10:34:56 AM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 12 replies ^ | July 20, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    More than 150 years ago, Horace Mann fervently hailed education as "the great equalizer in the conditions of men." Horace Mann, generally considered the father of US public education, counted on good schools to fulfill American democracy. Poorer children, via effective education, would rise as far as their talents and hard work could take them. Social mobility would be guaranteed; merit would be the chief determiner of success. Shirley Tilghman, the president of Princeton, recently praised Mann's vision, and lamented that we are not honoring it. She pointed out that our K-12 education system is "leaving vast numbers of students...
  • Statement by Gov. Rick Perry Regarding Sanctuary City Legislation [Failure]

    07/01/2011 9:11:46 PM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 30 replies
    Office of the Govenor Rick Perry [TX] ^ | June 28, 2011 | Gov. Rick Perry Staff
    Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding sanctuary city legislation: "As the special session appears to be winding down, I am disappointed the Legislature did not address sanctuary cities. Working with legislative leaders last weekend, we worked to include sanctuary city legislation in Senate Bill 1. Unfortunately, SB1 Conference Committee [Republican] Chairman Robert Duncan ultimately refused to allow language related to the ban of sanctuary cities into the final version of Senate Bill 1. Because of this action, the special session will not provide our peace officers with the discretion they need to adequately keep Texans safe from...
  • U.S. Department of Education to host LGBT youth summit Monday and Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

    06/05/2011 11:26:03 AM PDT · by Salman · 39 replies
    U.S. Secretary of Education (official site) ^ | June 06, 2011 (date of event) | Official press release
    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will give remarks at the Department’s first-ever Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) youth summit at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C. The two-day summit, “Creating and Maintaining Safe and Supportive Environments for LGBT Youth,” will take place Monday-Tuesday, June 6-7. Duncan will highlight the administration’s commitment to ensuring equal access to education for LGBT students as it does for all students. He also will discuss the Department’s Office for Civil Rights recently released guidance on the protection against harassment in an education setting based on gender,...
  • Obama Administration Holds LGBT ‘Youth Summit’ – Gov’t ‘Has Finally Come Out of the Closet,..

    06/06/2011 5:12:56 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 26 replies
    Obama Administration Holds LGBT ‘Youth Summit’ – Gov’t ‘Has Finally Come Out of the Closet,’ Official Says Monday, June 06, 2011 By Penny Starr ( – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius spoke at the first “Federal LGBT Youth Summit” on Monday after being introduced by a homosexual on her staff, who said the secretary “gets us” and is “tireless” in her support of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender youth. “Your federal government has finally come out of the closet in support of LGBT youth,” said Pam Hyde, HHS administrator for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services. “It’s great...
  • Lawmakers write letter to Obama on Afghanistan withdrawal (RINOs and Dems urge withdrawal)

    05/10/2011 1:52:30 AM PDT · by UniqueViews · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 9, 2011 | Felicia Sonmez
    A bipartisan group of eight House members has penned a letter to President Obama urging a speedy withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan in the wake of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) spearheaded the letter, which is also signed by three other Republicans and three other Democrats: Reps. John Garamendi (D-Calif.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Rush Holt (D-N.J.), John Campbell (R-Calif.), John Tierney (D-Mass.) and John Duncan (R-Tenn.). ..."we urge you to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan that are not crucial to the immediate national security objective of combating al Qaeda."
  • SHOCK: 82% of US schools 'failing'...

    An estimated 82 percent of U.S. schools could be labeled as "failing" under the nation's No Child Left Behind Act this year, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday Department of Education estimates the number of schools not meeting targets will skyrocket from 37 to 82 percent in 2011 because states are toughening their standards to meet the requirements of the law. The schools will face sanctions ranging from offering tutoring to closing their doors "No Child Left Behind is broken and we need to fix it now," Duncan said in a statement. "This law has created a thousand ways for...
  • Duncan: No Child denies 'birthright'

    03/04/2011 10:02:58 AM PST · by ColdOne · 18 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 03/04/11 | MJ LEE
    Arne Duncan is renewing his criticism of the No Child Left Behind law passed under George W. Bush as the education secretary visits a high school with the former president's brother. Duncan, who will accompany President Obama to Miami on Friday to visit the school, wrote in an op-ed that the education measure has denied students an “American birthright.” “Under the 2002 No Child Left Behind law ... millions of children continue to be denied their one shot at an American birthright — an education that opens the door to college, careers, and opportunity,” Duncan wrote in the Miami Herald,...
  • U.S. Education Secretary: ‘Nobody Can Be Satisfied’ With Results of Wisconsin Public Schools

    02/23/2011 10:44:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies ^ | February 23, 2011 | Dan Joseph
    U.S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told today in a video interview that “nobody” can be satisfied with the reading and mathematics scores achieved by eighth graders in Wisconsin public schools, noting that “they’re clearly not what they should be.” However, Duncan declined to pin the blame on teachers for the unsatisfactory performance of Wisconsin public schools, arguing that "we can point fingers lots of places" and that “everybody” from parents, to school administrators, to the local community, to the business community also needs to be challenged to make the public schools better. In the latest round of National...
  • Preferential treatment [ Ed Sec Arne Duncan has a record of allowing *some* school choice]

    02/15/2011 8:14:37 AM PST · by rhema · 3 replies
    WORLD ^ | 2/26/11 | Daniel James Devine
    When it comes to school choice, President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan are for it and against it. They've been proponents of charter schools but have opposed allowing parents to use tax-funded vouchers to enroll their children in private schools. In 2009 Duncan and Obama allowed a voucher program for 1,700 low-income students in Washington, D.C.—the first federal program of its kind—to expire, although a U.S. Department of Education analysis last year found it had improved graduation rates by 12 percentage points. Now House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is pushing a bipartisan effort to resurrect the program....
  • Duncan calls on black men to become teachers

    02/05/2011 8:41:31 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 35 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | January 31, 2011 | Laura Diamond
    U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and filmmaker Spike Lee teamed up Monday to urge more black men to consider teaching. More than 1 million teachers will retire during the next decade, according to federal estimates, and leaders have embarked on a nationwide drive to build a more diverse teaching force. Duncan on Monday took the campaign to Atlanta's Morehouse College, the nation's only all-male historically black college. Teachers should look more like the people they serve, Duncan said. While more than 35 percent of the nation’s public school students are black or Latino, less than 15 percent of the teachers...
  • Rep. Duncan Blasts TSA "Pat Downs," Scanners on House Floor

    11/17/2010 1:26:33 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 35 replies
    YouTube ^ | 17 Nov 10 | Rep Duncan
    VIDEO HERE OF HOUSE FLOOR SPEECH ________________________________________________________ The text of Rep. Duncan’s speech is copied below: Mr. Speaker: A nationwide revolt is developing over the body scanners at the airports, and it should. Hundreds of thousands of frequent fliers who fly each week are upset about getting these frequent doses of radiation. Parents are upset about being forced to have their children radiated or being touched inappropriately by an unrelated adult. There is already plenty of security at the airport, but now we are going to spend up to $300 million to install 1,000 scanners. This is much more about...
  • Obama's New Teacher

    10/15/2010 8:32:24 AM PDT · by rhema · 5 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 10/15/10 | RiShawn Biddle
    President Barack Obama and his Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, have spent the past two years beating back the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, and their allies to reform the nation's woeful public schools. By November 3, Obama and Duncan may find themselves with a different obstacle in the form of Republican Minnesota Congressman John Kline. With Republicans poised to win back control of the House of Representatives, the former Marine Colonel and think tank executive will be reshaping federal education policy as chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee. A former Marine helicopter pilot who...
  • Inside Al Sharpton's 'Reclaim the Dream' march

    08/29/2010 1:56:41 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 22 replies ^ | August 28, 2010 | Kissah Thompson
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan told the ralliers gathered at Dunbar High School that education is the civil rights issue of this generation. "Parents: Turn off the television. Educators: We have to stop making excuses," he said. "The dividing line in our country today is less around white and black and more about educational opportunity. We've been too satisfied with second-class schools." He made no mention of the large rally Glenn Beck organized on the Mall. -- Krissah Thompson
  • Education secretary calls for 12-hour school days, longer school years

    07/27/2010 9:41:20 PM PDT · by Brugmansian · 157 replies · 7+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/28/2010 | Paul Conner
    “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. “This is not just more of the same. There would be a whole variety of after-school programs. Obviously academics would be at the heart of that. But you top it off with dancing, art, drama, music, yearbook, robotics, activities for older siblings and parents, ESL classes.” He continued by explaining that the American school calendar is antiquated and must be modified so that American students can compete at the highest levels internationally.
  • Education Secretary Duncan Fits Obama Philosophy "Some Are More Equal Than Others"

    03/25/2010 8:33:54 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 3 replies · 230+ views
    The Lid/Chicago Tribune/IBD ^ | 3/25/2010 | The Lid
    When he led the Chicago schools, Arne Duncan kept a list of all the big shots who asked for help in getting certain children into the city's best public schools. The Chicago Tribune has reported that Duncan, now Obama's Secretary of Education, created a back door appeals system that helped the children of the Politically connected get first dibs on the best school slots. The list that Duncan kept included a compilation of politicians and influential business people who interceded on behalf of children during Duncan's tenure. It includes 25 Chicago aldermen, House Speaker Michael Madigan's daughter Illinois Attorney General...
  • Obama To Take Over Education In America

    03/20/2010 9:02:23 AM PDT · by clarkster · 12 replies · 608+ views
    South Bronx School Blog ^ | March 16, 2010 | Bronx Teacher
    I was born and raised a Democrat. My grandfather was a precinct captain for Tweed (the political machine, not the DOE) back in the day. He did the grunt work. Registered voters in cemeteries, voted many times in many places on election day, and left turkeys on the doorsteps of the indigent just before election day. I believe in the principles of the Democratic Party even though I have a strong libertarian bent, and actually conservative on some issues. I am not one of these Originialists when it comes to the Constitution and the role of the federal government in...
  • GOP Peaceniks?

    03/19/2010 9:36:05 PM PDT · by molybdenum · 2 replies · 312+ views
    The Nation ^ | 3-19-10 | Robert Dreyfuss
    Last December, when President Obama launched his second escalation of the Afghan war, he did so with the unflinching support of the Republicans, the right, and neoconservativies. But a small group of conservatives, libertarians and assorted contrarians on the right has opposed the war, and yesterday I journeyed to the Cato Institute to find out whether that nucleus of anti-war opposition is significant or not. The answer: maybe, but probably not. The Cato conference was entitled "Escalate or Withdraw? Conservatives and the War in Afghanistan," and it brought together several ultra conservative members of Congress: Tom McClintock (R-CA); Dana Rohrabacher...
  • Arne Duncan will fail

    03/10/2010 1:09:39 PM PST · by Hube · 145+ views
    The Colossus of Rhodey ^ | 03/10/2010 | Hube
    Joshua Dunn notes why Education Secretary Duncan's proposed civil rights "reinforcement" is not only misguided, but will ultimately lose in the courts if it comes to that: This is the same Department of Education that can’t support a voucher program in Washington DC to help minority children escape the grinding incompetence of the DC school system. Now it wants to spend its resources determining whether schools in Fairfax County or Westchester have a disproportionate number of white kids in college prep classes. Someone’s priorities seem misplaced. Even Nixon would blush. Second, it’s hard to see how Duncan can do this...
  • Opening the door for more flight from the public schools

    03/10/2010 1:09:39 PM PST · by Hube · 8 replies · 297+ views
    The Colossus of Rhodey ^ | 3/09/2010 | Hube
    As mentioned yesterday, the Obama administration is going to begin looking "more intently" at civil rights in our public schools, notably disproportionate discipline rates, [lack] of access to college prep courses, and that 'ol "disparate impact" nonsense. Roger Clegg, who's usually dead-on about the effects of ... stuff like this, notes: ...the easy way out for schools -- and what school bureaucrat won't prefer the easy way out -- is to make sure the numbers pass muster, i.e., to make discipline decisions based not solely on the merits, but also on the basis of race. And since administrators aren't likely...
  • Will the political winds clip Arne Duncan’s sails?

    02/17/2010 7:19:42 PM PST · by Excellence · 4 replies · 351+ views
    Thomas B. Fordham Foundation's Gadfly ^ | February 17, 2010 | Mike Petrilli
    Maybe it’s because I live in Washington and am thus immersed in the daily political horse-race (who’s up? who’s down?), but it’s hard not to get the sense right now that the Democrats are in free fall. Evan Bayh’s retirement is like a major aftershock to the earthquake that was Scott Brown’s election. Now there’s talk about the GOP taking over both houses of Congress in the fall, and of a primary challenge to President Obama in 2012. To be sure, a month from now, and certainly six months from now, lots could change, and we might be talking about...
  • Another Example of Obama’s Radical Leftist Agenda

    01/04/2010 10:33:06 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 7 replies · 495+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 01/04/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Over at the American Thinker, Jay Schalin has another example of the radical leftist agenda that Obama is trying to pull over on the American people. This time we see it in the extremist agenda for education that Obama is trying to implement by revitalizing the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), a panel that Congress shut down in 2008 because it had become "too politicized." The NACIQI is charged with advising the Sec. of Education on "matters related to accreditation and to the eligibility and certification process for institutions of higher education." According to the government...
  • SALF-gate? 49,000 questions for Education Secretary Arne Duncan

    12/18/2009 12:32:27 PM PST · by the_chicago_way · 2 replies · 491+ views
    The Cincinnati Beacon ^ | December 17, 2009 | The Dean of Cincinnati
    "One of the most erudite, prolific and acidic critics of national education policy." That's how the Washington Post memorialized Gerald Bracey shortly after his death in late October. One of his regular targets was President Obama's basketball buddy, US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. In an eerie parting shot from waaaay off-court, Bracey just slam-dunked Duncan. At the time of his death. Bracey was about to publish an article about the Save-A-Life Foundation's (SALF) relationship with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) when Duncan was in charge. "The Skeleton in Arne Duncan's Closet" was supposed to appear on Halloween in Bracey's...
  • The Skeleton in Arne Duncan's Closet

    12/08/2009 8:58:45 AM PST · by the_chicago_way · 7 replies · 1,148+ views
    Schools Matter ^ | December 2, 2009 | Gerald W. Bracey
    VIDEO: Arne Duncan appears as "animated pitchman" for the Save-A-Life Foundation, ABC7 Chicago, 11/17/06 PHOTO: Ronald McDonald, Save-A-Life founder/president Carol J. Spizzirri, and Arne Duncan The Skeleton in Arne Duncan's Closet by Gerald W. BraceyEducation critic Jerry Bracey had just finished this column when he died on Oct. 20. He had planned to release it at his Huffington Post blog on Halloween. Hence the rattling skeletons theme. Click here to read an October 23, 2009 Washington Post obituary/tribune to Bracey.Halloween season is an appropriate time to talk about rattling skeletons in the closet. US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appears...
  • EDITORIAL: Schoolyard bullies--Obama officials try to force out private lenders for student loans

    11/30/2009 10:40:08 AM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies · 595+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 30, 2009 | Editorial
    Imagine what the outcry would be if the House of Representatives somehow passed a bill outlawing charter schools nationwide and, before the Senate had even considered the bill, officials throughout government began writing to school districts telling them to start planning to eliminate charters. The backlash would be enormous. How dare they pressure school districts to kill charter schools before the law actually has changed? Yet that is exactly what Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, other department officials and several congressmen have been doing with regard to an attempted federal takeover of the entire student-loan industry. About 75 percent of...
  • Obama Uses School Dollars to Coax States to Change Education Laws (Big Bribes coming up)

    11/03/2009 5:45:54 PM PST · by wbarmy · 7 replies · 781+ views
    Fox News ^ | 3 Nov 2009 | AP
    Using stimulus dollars as bait, President Obama is coaxing states to rewrite education laws and cut deals with unions as they compete for $5 billion in school reform grants.
  • Community Leaders Excluded from Duncan and Holder Meeting (with Father Pfleger!)

    10/07/2009 9:16:46 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 5 replies · 609+ views
    NBC Chicago ^ | October 7 | DICK JOHNSON and STEVE BRYANT
    Community leaders and parents outside Fenger are in disbelief that they are not at the breakfast table with Arne Duncan and Eric Holder. Attorney General Holder and Secretary of Education Duncan are in town to speak, ostensibly, with the community about youth violence -- a blight on Chicago neighborhoods so vividly brought to national attention by the videotaped beating of Derrion Albert. "They are meeting about us without us," said Phillip Jackson of the Black Star Project, a Chicago-based educational reform organization. Duncan and Holder's meeting at the Four Seasons also includes Mayor Daley, Pastor Michael Pfleger, CEO of Chicago...
  • An unlikely trio observes Phila. school reforms (Sharpton, Gingrich, and Arne Duncan)

    09/30/2009 4:12:22 AM PDT · by Route797 · 15 replies · 551+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 9-30-2009 | Kristen A. Graham
    They come from vastly different backgrounds - the U.S. secretary of education, a Democratic civil-rights activist, and the Republican former House speaker - but they all agreed that what they saw yesterday at two Philadelphia schools could be a national model. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and Newt Gingrich toured Mastery Charter School-Shoemaker Campus and McDaniel Elementary on the first stop of a multi-stop tour promoting education improvements.
  • President and First Lady Travel 4,000 Miles to Lobby for Olympics - in Separate Planes

    09/30/2009 3:02:00 AM PDT · by Cindy · 67 replies · 4,501+ views
    CNS ^ | Wednesday, September 30, 2009 | by Penny Starr
    SNIPPET: "( – President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are both traveling to Copenhagen this week to promote Chicago's bid to host to the 2016 Olympic Games--and they will be making the 3,979-mile trip on separate airplanes." SNIPPET: "As reported earlier by, a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report cited two cost estimates for an hour of air travel by the president, vice president and first lady. One estimate comes from the White House Military Office, the other from the U.S. Air Force. Using the CRS cost estimates and the inflation adjuster from the Bureau of Labor Statisitcs,...
  • Obama: Babysitters Are A Civil Right

    09/27/2009 11:28:20 AM PDT · by Saije · 26 replies · 907+ views
    Riehl World View ^ | 9/27/2009 | Dan Riehl
    Just when you thought he might be done, apparently access to babysitting services on weekends is a civil right in Obama world. At the very least, I'm sure taxpayers might object to having to pay for this right now. And one can only speculate as to who will get to pay and who will get to play. He wants public schools open on weekends so children have a safe place to go. Or maybe it's that he's seen the Ode to Obama videos floating around the Net and just thinks they need more choir practice? Obama and Arne Duncan believe...
  • 'The Obama Show' ... Now your kids can watch, too

    09/07/2009 5:57:27 AM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 17 replies · 947+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 09/05/2009 | Joe Soucheray
    President Barack Obama intends to address the nation's schoolchildren Tuesday in a speech that the kids apparently can watch on classroom TVs. I guess he wants to welcome the students back to school and urge them to study hard and set goals and remind them, despite his convenient presence on the screen, that they are in charge of their own education. Don't we already know that? Back in 1991, President George H.W. Bush gave a similar speech, broadcast from an eighth-grade classroom in Washington, D.C. And yes, the Democrats criticized the president for doing such a thing. Other than the...