Although President Barack Obama is on the ropes, with even some Democratic allies describing him as weak and passive, this week he showed boldness and imagination in one vital area: education.
Teacher tenure in the U.S. is a “broken status quo” in need of overhaul to balance the needs of disadvantaged students with the rights of educators, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said.
California’s two biggest teacher unions lost the first round in the broadest court challenge yet to state laws protecting teachers’ jobs, setting the stage for what could be a lengthy appeal.
Last week, Arne Duncan, the secretary of education, picked just the right words to make an increasingly hot controversy even hotter.
The U.S. Education Department said it will boost oversight of special education to improve the academic success of students with disabilities.
"The message here is clear: Let all children who live in your district enroll in your public schools."
- Arne Duncan on May 08, 2014
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