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Fri Jul 10, 2015, 02:18 AM

Ravitch: The Arne Duncan Era Has Not Been Good for Students

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/07/09/arne-duncan-era-has-not-been-good-students

During Duncan’s tenure in office,

*He used his control of billions of dollars to promote a dual school system of privately managed charter schools operating alongside public schools;

*He has done nothing to call attention to the fraud and corruption in the charter sector or to curb charters run by non-educators for profit or to insist on charter school accountability or to require charters to enroll the neediest children;

*He pushed to require states to evaluate teachers by the test scores of their students, which has caused massive demoralization among teachers, raised the stakes attached to testing, and produced no positive results;

*He used federal funds and waivers from NCLB to push the adoption of Common Core standards and to create two testing consortia, which many states have abandoned;

*The Common Core tests are so absurdly “rigorous” that most students have failed them, even in schools that send high percentages of students to four-year colleges, the failure rates have been highest among students who are English language learners, students with disabilities, and students of color;

*He has bemoaned rising resegregation of the schools but done nothing to reduce it;



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Fri Jul 10, 2015, 03:05 AM

1. He is Obama's biggest failure;

Duncan's legacy is continuing 8 more years of regressive Bush education policies.

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Fri Jul 10, 2015, 07:24 AM

2. its big money the profits will insure the system stays in place after he is gone

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