Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Posted Sep. 5, 2018

Arne Duncan’s New Book Made Me Feel Awful But You Should Totally Read It

I just finished hate-reading Arne Duncan’s book, “How Schools Work.” I didn’t hate the book, but for so many reasons, I really hated reading it.…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Nov. 20, 2017

Why Are Chicago’s Kids Getting Smarter? Here’s My Guess.

If you just read the headlines, you might suspect that Chicago Public Schools is in a terrible tailspin. Part of this is the noise of big…

By Neerav Kingsland

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Posted Oct. 10, 2017

From Last to Leading: How Chicago Public Schools Made the Leap

Thirty years after being labeled the worst school district in the nation and after two decades of fiscal crisis, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) welcomed more…

By Beth Swanson

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Posted Aug. 30, 2017

Coffee Break: Broward Supt. Bob Runcie on How Public Schools Can Carve the Path to the American Dream

Bob Runcie has led Florida’s Broward County Public Schools (the nation’s sixth-largest district) since 2011, after serving in several leadership positions in the Chicago Public…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Aug. 28, 2017

We Need to Give Low-Income Kids a Chance at High-Tech Futures, and After-School Programs Can Help

STEM education—science, technology, engineering, and math—has become a national priority. STEM jobs are among the fastest-growing and highest-paying jobs in America, and nearly 80 percent…

By Kevin Washington, Ron Ottinger

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Posted Nov. 8, 2016

Why We Should Be Thinking About America’s Poorest Students When We Head to the Polls Today

As we head to the polls to vote in our next president, education advocates, like me, are still wondering why neither major candidate has made equitable…

By Quibila Divine

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Posted Dec. 31, 2015

A New Year, a ‘New Deal’ to Save Lives

We’re leaving the South Side church after Arne Duncan’s last speech as U.S. Education Secretary, and my daughter remarks, “He’s not what I expected. He…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Dec. 11, 2015

I Believe in Yesterday: Thoughts on Arne’s Legacy and ESSA

On Wednesday, December 9, I attended a farewell party for Education Secretary Arne Duncan at the U.S. Department of Education, where we performed humorous skits,…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Nov. 10, 2015

If Education Is Really About the Kids, We Have to Be Open to Self-Reflection

It is often said that the political battles in education are the nastiest of all, with ideology and special interests on all sides digging in…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

By Aasimah Navlakhi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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