Duncan Pros and Cons

Here

is a running list of some of the main strengths and weakness of Arne

Duncan from his seven years as head of the Chicago public schools:

20duncan190_2Strengths:

Lasted seven years -- a lot longer than many predicted.

▪ State test scores have increased every year

Duncan

has been in office, according to the board of education.

Duncan

has by all accounts improved tremendously as a public speaker.

▪ Sends his daughter to a local public school.

▪ Strong supporter of community schools.

▪ Early critic of NCLB testing, tutoring, and transfer requirements

▪ Chicago participates in Roland Fryer "learn to earn" program. ▪ Tall,

skinny, and with a funny name -- just like his soon-to-be-boss! ▪ Has

more gray in his hair than it seems from this AP pic.

Weaknesses:

Chicago

has never been a finalist for the Broad education prize for urban school reform.

Chicago

’s NAEP scores lag many other big city districts, according to TUDA.

F

ailed to win substantial concessions from the Chicago Teachers Union in the last contract.

▪ Failed to expand the highly restrictive charter school cap for

Chicago (30)

.

▪ Renaissance 2010 disrupted the education of thousands of students in the early years esp.

Duncan

’s reform efforts have failed to attract (or retain) white and middle-class families.

▪ Criticized by Blagojevich for only having offered free school bus rides in exchange for the Senate seat.

What am I missing?

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