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October 8, 2019
No thanks, Obama: 9 states no longer require test scores be used to judge teachers
The decline illustrates the continued retreat of an idea that took education policy by storm, but proved divisive and difficult to implement.
February 4, 2019
Nashville school board member and political operative apologizes for his part in Tennessee’s Race to the Top
Will Pinkston presents his perspective in a 16,000-word, self-published essay.
November 26, 2018
How Karen Lewis’ own story follows the arc of Chicago’s contentious education history
This fall marks 55 years since a massive student boycott to protest segregation, and six years since a teachers' strike. A new book examines that history.
May 4, 2018
Free school lunch for all, meant to reduce stigma, may also keep students healthier
In 2015, two Obama cabinet secretaries encouraged schools to try a new way of handling free lunch: give it to everyone, no family paperwork required.
DeVos on offense
January 16, 2018
DeVos criticizes Bush-Obama policies, saying it’s time to overhaul conventional schooling
One era of federal involvement in education is over, Betsy DeVos said Tuesday, in some of her most expansive public remarks since taking over the department last year.
November 28, 2017
As national debate over discipline heats up, new study finds discrimination in student suspensions
Black students in Louisiana are suspended for slightly longer than white students after being involved in the same fight, according to new research that adds to a roiling national debate about school discipline.
November 14, 2017
Common Core tests were supposed to usher in a new era of comparing America’s schools. What happened?
It's difficult to make detailed comparisons across states as a potent mix of technical challenges, privacy concerns and political calculations have kept the data siloed.
Secretary v. secretary
August 1, 2017
Arne Duncan criticizes Betsy DeVos on civil rights, says she hasn’t asked for his advice
When Arne Duncan became Secretary of Education, he asked his predecessors for advice. That’s why he’s disappointed that he hasn’t gotten a similar call from Betsy DeVos.
July 31, 2017
‘I think that’s blood money’: Arne Duncan pushed charters to reject funds from Trump admin if budget cuts approved
Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan suggested that charter leaders refuse to accept federal charter school money if Trump’s cuts to education went through.
February 16, 2017
Betsy DeVos’s first week at the U.S. Education Department: What you need to know
She’s having trouble getting into schools, inspired some people to jump into public service, and is still attracting attention far beyond the usual education audience.
October 30, 2015
Arne Duncan talks turnaround work in the trenches of struggling Memphis schools
The outgoing U.S. education chief makes his fourth trip to Memphis, where schools must overcome poverty and other mitigating factors to provide a culture of learning.
October 29, 2015
When Arne Duncan visits Memphis, he’ll see part of his legacy as U.S. ed chief
The outgoing education secretary will see firsthand one of America's battleground cities in the movement he spearheaded to transform public education.
the arne archives
October 3, 2015
A retrospective of Arne Duncan’s complicated relationship with New York
Arne Duncan's highlights and lowlights during six-plus years of visiting and keeping tabs on New York.
October 2, 2015
Arne Duncan resigns as education secretary, former New York schools chief to take over
Duncan, Obama's only education secretary over his two terms, will head home to Chicago. He has recently had a lot to say about Indiana.
change at the top
October 2, 2015
Meet the former N.Y. education chief who will take over for Arne Duncan as education secretary
Former New York State Education Commissioner John King will take over the federal education department in President Barack Obama’s final year in office, the president…
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