NEA Calls On Education Secretary Arne Duncan To Resign

By: Tuesday July 8, 2014 5:15 am

“All children are entitled to a high-quality education.” —@ArneDuncan: #ReachHigher — The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 7, 2014 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 [...]

Education Privatizers Data Mining Students

By: Wednesday January 8, 2014 10:00 am

Thanks to the ever expanding NSA scandal the American people are getting a crash course in how important and revealing even small amounts of personal information can be. Your data matters, has value, and should be protected from those you don’t want to have it or haven’t consented to have it yet. Enter the private [...]

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

By: Thursday November 21, 2013 9:27 am

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 [...]

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

By: Tuesday September 11, 2012 9:06 am

One thing you never hear in the education debate, dominated by those persistently shrieking that schools “are in crisis,” is an appeal to the actual data surrounding school performance. The statistics are pretty clear that American students have exceeded their performance over a 30-year period, and that’s true if you control for various populations, both [...]

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

By: Friday June 1, 2012 2:30 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 and sources and the imagination to keep them from their own children. It seems that 46% of Americans still accept [...]

The Obama Campaign’s Marriage Equality Conundrum

By: Monday May 7, 2012 12:19 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, [...]

Administration Announces Student Loan Changes

By: Tuesday October 25, 2011 2:34 pm

There was an expectation of a new announcement from the Obama Administration on student loans Wednesday, and we got a preview this afternoon. Responding, in the words of White House officials, to a petition at their new We the People petition site, the Administration will institute two new programs that could potentially save students who [...]

Obama Administration Releases Guidelines for No Child Left Behind Waivers

By: Friday September 23, 2011 8:15 am

The Obama Administration released its plan for the future of No Child Left Behind. In the absence of new legislation to fix the the original bill’s demands, so the vast majority of public schools – around 80 percent – don’t get failing grades under the current standards of proficiency, the Department of Education will issue [...]

Department of Education Apparently Afraid of Matt Damon

By: Thursday August 25, 2011 10:17 am

A characteristic of this White House, probably of any White House, is a desire for message control. But just to show you just how far that goes, consider this episode: It turns out that people in the Obama administration made several attempts to reach actor Matt Damon just before he spoke at last month’s Save [...]

Obama Administration Announces Plan to Grant Waivers to No Child Left Behind In Exchange for “Reform”

By: Monday August 8, 2011 12:50 pm

The Education Department plans to grant waivers for the No Child Left Behind law to states and school districts that “embrace reform.” This bypasses Congressional reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind law, and allows states and districts to get out from under the onerous burdens of the law, which has a deadline for 100% [...]

DoE Moves Forward With Gainful Employment Rule for For-Profit Colleges

By: Thursday June 2, 2011 6:28 am

The Department of Education advanced their gainful employment rule that targets for-profit colleges and vocational programs who have successfully used public money through grants and student loans to increase their business, while delivering little of value to students. The rule effectively would shut down for-profit programs that repeatedly fail to show, through certain measures, that [...]

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