Tag: Arne Duncan

NEA and TFA Agree – Teacher Preparation Needs an Overhaul

News, Policy and Practice

October 3rd, 2011

Last Friday, Secretary Arne Duncan unveiled his plan for teacher education reform and improvement in America’s schools at an Education Sector event.  Secretary Duncan was joined by NEA president Dennis Van Roekel and Teach for America founder and CEO Wendy Kopp, both of whom endorsed the plan and gave their thoughts on educator preparation...


Arne Duncan’s Dollars at Work: The Good, The Curious, and The Cautiously Optimistic

Early Childhood Education

August 22nd, 2011

The Department of Education recently approved all 19 school district Race to the Top plans.  After combing through the plans, there are certain budget items that make me optimistic, items that give me slight pause, and others that require additional consideration.  In their plans, some significant investments that make me optimistic...


Duncan’s Decision on NCLB is the Right Call


August 9th, 2011

Secretary Duncan made the right call when he announced plans to override the centerpiece requirement of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) school accountability law that requires 100 percent proficiency in math and reading by 2014. I was working in the Washington D.C. area in 2002 when President Bush signed NCLB into law.  I remember my colleagues...


Delaware Poised as Early Childhood “Race to the Top” Launched

Early Childhood Education

May 25th, 2011

Today, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced a $500M competitive grant program focused on improving early-childhood education for low-income and disadvantaged youth, in addition to a $200M competition for states that didn’t win RTTT. Delaware is well positioned; and Governor...