Sect of Ed discusses Obama’s speech to students, H1N1 flu, grad rates, ‘common’ v. ‘national’ standards, charter schools and accountability v. autonomy. “No good ideas for public education are ever going to come out of Washington” (sorry Michelle Rhee), calls for an “outbreak of common sense”.
By Nia-Malika Henderson | Politico.com
Education Secretary Arne Duncan knocked President George W. Bush's signature education bill, No Child Left Behind, saying that the bill is "very prescriptive" and discourages innovative teaching and that the state standards it calls for are often watered down and students that meet them are often nonetheless not college-ready.
The law is "desperately underfunded," Duncan said Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation," and the $100 billion in stimulus funding has "staved off a catastrophe" of teacher and staff layoffs.
The push for national standards was a grass-roots movement, he said. "We are moving in the right direction ... to educate our way to a better economy."
"We have to raise the bar for everyone," he said. "We have to make sure that every student is college-ready."
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