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Arne Duncan Stepping Down as Education Secretary

And the president doesn't plan to officially nominate a replacement

(Newser) - At the end of the year, Arne Duncan is stepping down as Education Secretary after seven years. According to a letter to staff that was obtained by the AP and confirmed by a White House official, Duncan is going back to Chicago to be with his family. Duncan, 50, has...

Feds to Forgive Loans of Scammed Students

Corinthian debt relief could cost $3.6B

(Newser) - In what Education Secretary Arne Duncan says is "our first major action on this but obviously it won't be the last," an expanded—and expensive—debt relief plan has been approved for former Corinthian Colleges students. Some 16,000 were affected when the for-profit company closed its...

Who Replaces Eric Holder?
 Who Replaces Eric Holder? 

Who Replaces Eric Holder?

Deval Patrick, Kamala Harris turning up on lots of lists

(Newser) - With Eric Holder leaving the post of attorney general, attention shifts to who will succeed the man President Obama today praised as "the people's lawyer." (Read Obama's full remarks here .) Whoever it is will surely face a bruising confirmation battle given Republicans' disdain of Holder,...

Arne Duncan Sorry for 'White Suburban Moms' Remark

Education secretary sparks online debate over standardized testing

(Newser) - Education Secretary Arne Duncan—who upset a few people with his "white suburban moms" remark on Friday—fully back-peddled today and apologized for his "clumsy" phrasing, CNN reports. To recap, Duncan said he was fascinated by opposition to his plan for standardized testing because his opponents included "...

Michelle Obama to Attend Slain Girl's Funeral

First lady heading to Chicago for services for Hadiya Pendleton

(Newser) - Michelle Obama will attend Saturday's funeral for Hadiya Pendleton, the Chicago teen killed not long after performing at President Obama's inauguration, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Alongside Obama will be adviser Valerie Jarrett and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, also Chicagoans, reports the Tribune . No arrests have been made in...

Thousands March for Gun Control in Washington

Newtown residents join rally: organizers

(Newser) - Thousands of people, many holding signs with the names of gun violence victims and messages such as "Ban Assault Weapons Now," joined a rally for gun control on today, marching from the Capitol to the Washington Monument. Leading the crowd were marchers with "We Are Sandy Hook"...

Coming in 2013: 300 Extra Hours of School

Students at some schools in 5 states will get extra learning time

(Newser) - Happy holidays, kids: Your present is an extra 300 hours of school in 2013! Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Tennessee will announce the extra learning time today, a three-year pilot program at select schools meant to improve student achievement and allow kids to take part in more enrichment activities...

Thomas Friedman's Unusual Pick for Secretary of State

He thinks education chief Arne Duncan should replace Hillary

(Newser) - The top contenders to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state look to be John Kerry and Susan Rice. But if Thomas Friedman had his way, President Obama would shift education secretary Arne Duncan into Clinton's job. Yes, Friedman knows the chances of that happening are just about non-existent,...

Most States Now Exempt From 'No Child Left Behind'

White House grants waivers to two more today, making 26

(Newser) - It's a milestone for No Child Left Behind, but not in a good way: More than half of the nation is now exempt. The White House issued waivers today to the 25th and 26th states, and another 10 are in the works, reports the New York Times . The exemptions...

Arne Duncan: I Support Gay Marriage

He's the second Obama secretary to say so, not counting Biden

(Newser) - Joe Biden's not the only one in the Obama administration comfortable with same-sex marriage . On Morning Joe today, Mark Halperin asked Education Secretary Arne Duncan if he supported same-sex marriage, and Duncan didn't equivocate at all. "Yes, I do," he replied. Asked if he'd ever...

Black Students Face More Arrests Than Whites: US

Arne Duncan: Minorities suffer 'harsher discipline'

(Newser) - African-American students are arrested much more frequently than whites in America's large public schools, according to the government's largest-ever study of the subject. Among school systems with more than 50,000 students, 35% of arrests involved African-Americans, though they represent just 24% of the student body. White students...

Obama: I Knew About Jeremy Lin Before You

Also, he once beat Maya Moore at HORSE

(Newser) - President Obama wants you to know that he had his eye on Jeremy Lin before it was cool. Obama sat down with Bill Simmons for a half-hour of sports talk on today's BS Report (audio here ), and the first question was how he felt about being America's...

No Child Left Behind Waiver Granted to 10 States

At least 28 more plan to seek one

(Newser) - Ten of the first 11 states to apply for a waiver from the controversial No Child Left Behind law will be freed from the law's requirements by President Obama today, the AP reports. Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Tennessee received the waivers; New...

At Least 27 States Ditching No Child Left Behind

Arne Duncan says he's encouraging them to do so

(Newser) - It’s been a week since Barack Obama offered to let states out of No Child Left Behind's strictest provisions , and states are jumping to take him up on it. At least 27 states have already told the administration they’re opting out, and most of the rest are...

US Granting 'No Child Left Behind' Waivers

States can submit applications next month

(Newser) - Arne Duncan promised to take action on No Child Left Behind if Congress didn't, and now he's making good on that promise. With efforts to reform the controversial 2002 education law stalled in Congress, the Obama administration will allow states to apply to be exempted from the law....

Congress Must Change No Child Left Behind: Duncan

Education secretary promises to take action if Congress doesn't

(Newser) - If Congress doesn’t do something about No Child Left Behind, then Arne Duncan will. The education secretary promised to take steps to ease some of the sanctions for states that are trying to improve schools, if Congress doesn’t act on rewriting the 2002 law by the beginning of...

Obama's Next Target: Education Reform

'No Child' despised by both sides, but scope of reform disputed

(Newser) - Seemingly leaving no sweeping overhaul behind, even under the changed dynamics of the 112th Congress, the Obama administration is readying its next legislative push: education reform. An overhaul of No Child Left Behind has broad support on both sides of the aisle, reports the AP, but divisions begin to show...

'No Child Left Behind' Needs a Bipartisan Facelift
'No Child Left Behind'
Needs a Bipartisan Facelift

'No Child Left Behind' Needs a Bipartisan Facelift

There's a lot that both parties agree on in education reform

(Newser) - The new Congress is set to update No Child Left Behind, and it’s a chance to get both sides of the aisle behind real change, writes Arne Duncan in the Washington Post . Both parties share similar concerns about NCLB—its way of labeling schools “failures,” its bubble...

Obama to Meet Waiting for Superman Director

Arne Duncan hails film as 'Rosa Parks moment'

(Newser) - Barack Obama will meet with director Davis Guggenheim and the five students who star in his much-talked about new documentary Waiting for Superman today at the White House, ABC reports. Though the film has proved controversial among some progressives because it is so critical of teachers' unions, the administration seems...

Del., Tenn. Only States to Qualify for Education Stimulus Prize

Union support helps 'Race to Top' winners

(Newser) - With $4 billion in stimulus funds up for grabs in an initiative to improve US schools, only two states of the 41 that applied scored high enough to get a piece. Delaware and Tennessee will each get $600 million, from the “Race to the Top” program, the Department of...

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