A ‘perfect storm’ of events—a much-despised education law that remains in effect because Congress cannot agree on a replacement and nearly $5 billion in ‘discretionary’ money—has given Secretary of Education Arne Duncan unprecedented power. He has been granting waivers from the law and using his discretionary money to support states that adopt the reforms he believes in, such as common standards, charter schools, and teacher evaluations based on student test scores. His critics on the right and the left are enraged but seem powerless to stop him.
Jonathan Zimmerman, Professor of History and Education at New York University, explains the changing role of the Federal Government in the nation’s public schools.
Secretary Arne Duncan talks to John Merrow about the Common Core, Race to the Top, NCLB waivers, Early Education, and more. Full interview here.
Diane Ravitch believes Secretary Arne Duncan is breaking the law. Find out why in this podcast.
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