Mamie Till Mobley

"There was an important mission for me, to shape so many...young minds as a teacher. God took away one child but...(gave) me thousands. And I have been grateful for the blessing." Mamie Till Mobley

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Arne Duncan wields the educational machete provide waivers to district adhering to Race to the Top mandates

“Our first priority is to have Congress rewrite the law. If that doesn’t get done, we have the obligation to provide relief in exchange for reform,”   Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education told reporters on Friday.   And,  “the secretary may waive any statutory or regulatory requirement of this act.”
If Congress doesn't act in time U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is set to modify the No Child Left Behind Legislation (NCLB) to provide relief through waivers to school districts around the nation falling behind in reaching the 100 percent proficiency requirement  in reading by 2014. But the catch word is REFORM the ones Race to the Top federal grant competition expects school district to adhere to for allocation of funds--charter school conversions, new teacher/principal evaluation system, last in/first out teacher lay-off essentially abolishing the tenure system, evaluating teachers on student achievement on standardized test exams, etc.--

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Whitney Tilson (3rd background)

Whitney Tilson (3rd background)
"Let’s be honest: we need a lot more well-off, well-educated white folks with a personal stake in both charter schools and education reform in general if we’re going to take reform to the next level, both politically and operationally.Whitney Tilson, hedge fund manager and major funding angel for the school privatizing Democrats for Education Reform, thinks there’s not enough rich, educated white folks.( Preaprez) click photo to his blog.

Arne Duncan

Arne Duncan
U.S. Secretary of Education, click photo