Tell President Obama To Dump Duncan
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Tell President Obama To Dump Duncan

    1. Sean  Vermillion
    2. Petition by

      Sean Vermillion

      Green Bay, WI

President Obama has taken a positive step to reverse George W. Bush's counterproductive No Child Left Behind Act. Since coming to office in 2009, Obama implemented "Race To the Top," which encourages states to compete for federal funding by adopting mandatory standards. Though RTTT is positive by being about promotion rather than demotion, it is nonetheless based on running schools for profit (in this case, federal dollars). The policies also still include teaching to the standardized test, merit pay, undermining teachers' unions, and even firing entire staff in schools (including janitors and lunch ladies) if test scores are too low. Who is responsible for such policies? The president's Secretary Of Education, Arne Duncan. Obama and Duncan go back to Chicago when the former was still a community activist. Duncan, however, is a strange match to the president's otherwise liberal administration. In 2001, Chicago mayor Richard Daley Jr. appointed Duncan the head of the Windy City's schools. As "CEO" of Chicago's schools, he subsequently privatized the district. Through his reform program, "Renaissance 2010," Duncan promoted charter and magnet schools while shutting down schools that didn't perform well on standardized tests, firing the entire staff, and reopening them with a free market mission and even new student bodies. What were the results of Duncan's right wing tinkering? His initiatives yielded little or no success. According to the Mathematica Policy Research institute, merit pay for teachers had little or no impact on student performance. According to a Stanford University study, only 17% of charter schools outperformed regular schools, while 46% had equal results, and 37% did worse. The Chicago Consortium on School Research (an affillate of the University of Chicago)concluded that Renaissance 2010 schools only occasionally performed better than regular schools. Therefore, it would be foolish to implement Duncan's failed policies on a national level. Education is too precious of an investment (our children, our future)to be gambled away by social experiments cooked up by free market ideologues. Sign the petition and tell President Obama to dump Duncan before he cripples our public education system even more.

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    • Greg Harrington SEATTLE, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      Arne Duncan has failed to demonstrate positive leadership. Diane Ravitch in a March 7th, 2012 article in the New York Review of Books said it best:

      "Secretary of Education Duncan should have opposed the misuse of test scores. He should have opposed the galloping privatization of public education. He should have demanded the proper funding of public education, instead of tolerating deep budget cuts as “the new normal.” He should have spoken out against states that passed along the cost of higher education to students, putting it out of reach for many. But he has not. He should have upheld, in word and deed, the dignity of the teaching profession. Unfortunately he has not."

      • almost 3 years ago

      Supporting education issues; we have a special public million dollar school in Stockton with 55 at-risk students that needs an audit and oversight.

    • Nancy Mueller MILWAUKEE, WI
      • almost 3 years ago

      Arne Duncan does not stand for education of all children. NCLB / Race to the top is a disaster that the test publishing companies love! We need that money to put more teachers in classrooms, especially in large urban areas. Please Dump Duncan!

    • Bonnie French PALM BAY, FL
      • almost 3 years ago

      Mr Duncan has not helped public ed at all. Please appoint Diane Ravich as your next Secretary of Education.

      • about 3 years ago

      As a teacher, I deal every day with the mess brought about by NCLB, a law that punishes the schools and students needing the most help. Now Obama is blackmailing states, saying his administration will loosen restrictions and provide more money IF districts allow teacher evaluations to be tied to test scores. It's blackmail, pure and simple. Would you want your future and career based on how a group of teenagers perform on a single day's testing?

      That money already belongs to the schools -- but Duncan will keep encouraging it be withheld, if we let him. Dump Duncan!


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