Education Secretary Arne Duncan: 'We don't just want status quo'

  • Article by: Denise Johnson
  • Updated: March 25, 2009 - 9:14 AM

President Obama's pick to lead the U.S. Department of Education came to the job with a reputation as a reformer. Before becoming secretary of education, Arne Duncan had been school chief for seven years in Chicago, the nation's third-largest district. He did not shy away from controversy during his tenure. He closed failing schools and used unconventional methods to increase academic performance. Duncan supported charter schools, performance pay for teachers, single-sex and residential schools, paying students for good grades and a proposal for a high school catering to gay students. Last week Duncan visited the Star Tribune to speak with a group of editorial writers and reporters. The following excerpts of his remarks were compiled by editorial writer Denise Johnson. ON EDUCATION STIMULUS FUNDS

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mplsmjMar. 25, 09 4:46 PM

No school choice, despite the wishes of kids and parents across the country. He's right to say he doesn't "just want the status quo". It's not a want, it's a have.

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mplsmjMar. 25, 09 4:48 PM

...report to the teachers unions, or vice versa? Pretty sure neither answer to kids and parents.

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ElkhoundMar. 26, 09 8:45 AM

the Federal government is given any authority over education? According to Amendment X, the Federal government is one of limited and delegated powers, and those not specifically delegated to the Federal government are reserved to the States or the people. The Constitution, as far as I can see, makes no mention of a Federal role in education, which makes it a state and local matter. The Federal government should start minding its Constitutionally mandated responsibilities and keep itself out of those that are none of its business.

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