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August 25, 2010 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will call for all states and school districts to make public whether their instructors are doing enough to raise students' test scores and to share other school-level information with parents, according to a text of a speech he is scheduled to make Wednesday. "The truth is always hard to swallow, but it can only make us better, stronger and smarter," according to remarks he plans to deliver in Little Rock, Ark. "That's what accountability is all about -- facing the truth and taking responsibility.
March 3, 2012 | By Ian Duncan, Washington Bureau
Los Angeles should be treated more like a state when it comes to education, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Friday in an attempt to persuade the U.S. Department of Education to give the city some special treatment. The mayor wants the city to receive federal money directly through Race to the Top, a competitive grant program, and get a waiver from No Child Left Behind, the President George W. Bush-era standardized-testing policy. Both options have been available only to states. Villaraigosa floated the plan at a panel discussion with New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Education Secretary Arne Duncan at American University.
January 10, 2011 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
The selection of John Deasy to lead the nation's second-largest school system, expected Tuesday, would give the Board of Education a leader who is eager to make sweeping changes and who has earned the respect of disparate and often warring forces in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Taking on some of the thorniest issues in the system as top deputy to Supt. Ramon C. Cortines, Deasy has worked productively with union leaders, key community activists, the mayor's office and charter school operators.
June 27, 2011 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel endorsed the DREAM Act on Monday, on the eve of the first-ever Senate hearing on the legislation. “The DREAM Act . . . totally reinforces the values of citizenship,” said Emanuel in a phone conference alongside Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Emanuel, whose father and grandfather were immigrants, has had a complicated history with immigration reform, once calling it a “third rail” issue. During last year’s mayoral race, Emanuel was criticized by his opponents for failing to do more to push the DREAM Act and other immigration measures during his time in the White House.
May 20, 2009 | Seema Mehta
Joanne Weiss on Tuesday was named the leader of the nearly $4.4-billion "Race to the Top" fund, a federal effort to reform the nation's schools. The announcement was made by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan in remarks delivered via videoconference at the annual NewSchools Venture Fund Summit. Weiss is a partner in and chief operating officer of the NewSchools Venture Fund, a nonprofit that invests in efforts to turn around underperforming schools. Weiss, who has a degree in biochemistry from Princeton University, is also on the board of directors of Green Dot Public Schools, which operates 10 charter schools in Southern California and this year took over Locke High, which it divided into several small schools.
November 6, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
CHICAGO -- Now is not the time to mess with good luck rituals. So President Obama played basketball with aides and friends -- including former Chicago Bull Scottie Pippen -- on Tuesday, sticking to his election day tradition. Four years ago, Obama played ball before watching returns throughout his hunt for the Democratic nomination. The notable exception was a painful one for Obama's team -- the New Hampshire primary, which he lost. "We made the mistake of not playing basketball once, I can assure you we'll not repeat that," said Obama advisor Robert Gibbs.
March 11, 2009 | James Oliphant
Congress is poised to do away with one of former President George W. Bush's signature initiatives in education: the taxpayer-funded vouchers that enable students from low-income families in the District of Columbia to attend private schools. About 1,700 children in kindergarten through 12th grade receive the $7,500 annual scholarships. Four times as many apply.
November 8, 2009
Re "Reform run rampant," Editorial, Nov. 4 I agree with your concerns over state Sen. Gloria Romero's (D-Los Angeles) potpourri education bill to qualify California public schools for federal Race to the Top education grants. However, some of the "common-sense reforms" of U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan that you call worth supporting are misguided. Duncan has never been a public school teacher. His attempts to link student test scores in determining teacher pay, promotion, sanction and evaluation are specious.
June 25, 2009 | Associated Press
The Obama administration plans to simplify the federal college aid form, which at 153 questions drives millions of families to give up before they finish it. President Obama wants to make the form more user-friendly as part of a sweeping plan to put higher education within reach of more students.
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