NEA Calls On Education Secretary Arne Duncan To Resign

By: Tuesday July 8, 2014 6:45 am

While President Obama’s former spokesman, Robert Gibbs, manages a national public relations campaign against teachers unions, the National Education Association (NEA) has finally decided it has had enough of Team Obama’s union busting. The NEA has now called on Education Secretary Arne Duncan to resign.

 

Education Privatizers Data Mining Students

By: Wednesday January 8, 2014 11:00 am

The education privatization movement aka “Ed reform” is looking to use spy technology on students. Of course they would only use the data to assist instruction never to sell products and services, that’s not what for-profit schools would do – would they?

Arne Duncan Doubles Down on “White Suburban Moms” Comment, Promotes Economic Ignorance

By: Thursday November 21, 2013 12:47 pm

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan doubled down on his “white suburban moms” comment concerning the Common Core Standards. Duncan at first said opposition to the Common Core State Standards was interesting because “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.”

Obama’s Education Secretary Far From Neutral When It Comes to Chicago Teachers Strike

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 5:00 pm

The AP reports that Obama Education Secretary Arne Duncan is “neutral” about the Chicago Treachers Strike. But he’s only neutral if one believes he has no prior experience in the management of education. He’s only neutral if you gloss over and omit his history as “former chief of Chicago’s public school system” and then leave it there. Catalyst Chicago, an independent news magazine created in 1990 to document, analyze and support school-improvement efforts in the Chicago Public Schools, covered Duncan’s record as CEO of Chicago’s public schools, and that history makes clear he’s far from “neutral.”

Corporate-Led Education Reform Movement Ignores Solvable Problems to Carry Out Its Agenda

By: Tuesday September 11, 2012 12:00 pm

To the extent that there are problems, it appears clear that they have to do with resources. The schools in the lowest-income areas have no air conditioning. Roofs leak. The cafeteria is full of roaches. Mold sits in the ventilation systems. Kids don’t get textbooks for weeks. Administrators pack classrooms with 40 and 50 students at a time. These are pretty obvious and solvable problems. Worse, there’s apparently money in the system to make these repairs, in the form of TIFs or Tax Increment Financing, that have been re-routed to pet projects, including a Hyatt Hotel and the Chicago Board of Trade.

No Myth Left Behind: 46% Fail First Test Question on Evolution

By: Friday June 1, 2012 4:25 pm

Gallup released its annual results on the question of American beliefs regarding evolution/creationism. Once again, the creationists manage to sustain a set of beliefs that can only persist after a determined effort to withhold facts, sources and the imagination to keep them from their own children.

The Obama Campaign’s Marriage Equality Conundrum

By: Monday May 7, 2012 2:40 pm

The Obama re-election campaign has once again run into a pickle over their tendency to want to appeal to everyone and no one on the subject of gay rights. Asked point-blank in a television interview this weekend, Vice President Joe Biden pronounced himself “absolutely comfortable” with gay and lesbian couples enjoying “the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties” as heterosexual couples. This was complicated further by Arne Duncan, Obama’s Secretary of Education, explicitly endorsing marriage equality a day later.

Occupy the Blog!

By: Sunday March 11, 2012 7:00 pm

Wow! It has been nearly three weeks since the last Occupy the Blog! diary. While we have reached the doldrums of the winter, the Occupations around the country are still performing their activities, big and small, and making an impact on the world.

Please DONATE to the Occupy Supply fund if you can. It is donations from people like you that allows Occupy Supply to help the Occupations survive the cold.

Occupy Austin Mic Checks Arne Duncan

By: Sunday March 11, 2012 6:45 am

Thursday, I participated in a ‘MIC CHECK’ confrontation with Arne Duncan, the US Secretary of Education, at a town hall meeting at Austin Community College. Duncan is criticized for many reasons, but he came under fire from Occupy Austin for his support of charter schools and privatization which puts teachers out of work, puts taxpayer money and our students in the hands of 1% corporations with little accountability.

Administration Announces Student Loan Changes

By: Tuesday October 25, 2011 4:09 pm

There are two programs here. The first is income-based repayment. Under current law, graduates with student loans can opt to pay 15% of their income for 25 years instead of a monthly student loan repayment based on the cost of the loan. In the reconciliation sidecar to the Affordable Care Act, actually, this was reduced to 10% of income, starting in 2014. The plan announced under executive authority moves that date up to 2012, and changes the debt forgiveness end date to 20 years from 25. This would only benefit those who graduate college between 2012 and 2014; people who have already graduated or who are in repayment won’t benefit from this change. The Administration claims that 1.6 million graduates would be eligible for the new program.

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