Duncan Gets The New Yorker Treatment

ScreenHunter_15 Jan. 25 13.24 Here's a link to the abstract of the New Yorker profile
of Arne Duncan that's just out today.  And here's the picture that
accompanies the piece, written by Carlos Rotella - a classmate of
Duncan's at the U of C Lab School.

By and large, it's the
Spellings treatment all over again.  Homey details, celebrity
name-dropping, and lots of backstory about Duncan's childhood.  There's
also the familiar effort to puff Duncan up over his "unprecedented"
budget and his buddy-buddy status with the POTUS, as well as the (to my
mind) overheated notion that we're on the verge of some great age of
education reform. 

Sure, there was lots of school reform
activity during 2009, and Duncan deserves credit for keeping the pot
simmering.  But we're a long way from any real impact, and the Obama
administration is quickly turning away from serious issues with less
than universal appeal and pivoting towards the noncontroversial middle
(ie, jobs). 

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  • Duncan Legacy. One of our favorite students. Dead in a Pool of Blood. Williams Diaz: April 13, 1993

  • Arne is the right person in the right job at the right time. We should all be glad he's Sec. of Ed. He is the best leader for the job. The real question is whether school boards, superintendents, district bureaucrats and union leadership is going to stop playing their games and get serious about doing what's right for teachers and students. Arne will create a path, the rest have to walk on it.

  • In reply to ElizabethEvans:

    Duncan was a failure. Leadership starts at the top. Duncan lacked despite his own personal education history. An Ivy League degree does not assure that for doing what is right and Seems his legacy of corruption is slowly coming out into the light. The "Aw Shucks" dullard sold out to corporate interests and betrayed the interests of a generation of students. A sad legacy no doubt and the dirt is still coming out!

  • In reply to viniciusdm:

    News delayed is news denied.... The Skeleton in Arne Duncan's Closet US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appears to have a noisy one dating from his years running the Chicago Public Schools. Her name is Carol J. Spizzirri. A little background.

    Spizzirri is a convicted shoplifter.
    http://illinoiscorruption.net/documents/shoplifting.pdf

    According to a sworn affidavit by her ex-husband, a court ordered psychological evaluation diagnosed her as a paranoid schizophrenic and pathological liar.
    http://illinoiscorruption.net/documents/emotionalletter.pdf

    Before she huffed out of the interview with Chuck Goudie,
    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news&id=4770490

    Spizzirri said SALF trained 67,000 Chicago Public School (CPS) children in first aid the year before and that the training was free to the children. In fact, records show that CPS paid the foundation a considerable amount. After Goudie's reports, Spizzirri filed a defamation suit against three people who criticized SALF (including Dr. Heimlich's son), claiming the criticisms cost it 11 contracts, including CPS.
    http://www.citmedialaw.org/threats/save-life-foundation-v-baratz

    Three more invoices from 2004/2005

  • In reply to viniciusdm:

    News delayed is news denied.... The Skeleton in Arne Duncan's Closet US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appears to have a noisy one dating from his years running the Chicago Public Schools. Her name is Carol J. Spizzirri. A little background.

    Spizzirri is a convicted shoplifter.
    http://illinoiscorruption.net/documents/shoplifting.pdf

    According to a sworn affidavit by her ex-husband, a court ordered psychological evaluation diagnosed her as a paranoid schizophrenic and pathological liar.
    http://illinoiscorruption.net/documents/emotionalletter.pdf

    Before she huffed out of the interview with Chuck Goudie,
    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news&id=4770490

    Spizzirri said SALF trained 67,000 Chicago Public School (CPS) children in first aid the year before and that the training was free to the children. In fact, records show that CPS paid the foundation a considerable amount. After Goudie's reports, Spizzirri filed a defamation suit against three people who criticized SALF (including Dr. Heimlich's son), claiming the criticisms cost it 11 contracts, including CPS.
    http://www.citmedialaw.org/threats/save-life-foundation-v-baratz

    Three more invoices from 2004/2005

  • In reply to viniciusdm:

    News delayed is news denied.... The Skeleton in Arne Duncan's Closet US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appears to have a noisy one dating from his years running the Chicago Public Schools. Her name is Carol J. Spizzirri. A little background.

    Spizzirri is a convicted shoplifter.
    http://illinoiscorruption.net/documents/shoplifting.pdf

    According to a sworn affidavit by her ex-husband, a court ordered psychological evaluation diagnosed her as a paranoid schizophrenic and pathological liar.
    http://illinoiscorruption.net/documents/emotionalletter.pdf

    Before she huffed out of the interview with Chuck Goudie,
    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news&id=4770490

    Spizzirri said SALF trained 67,000 Chicago Public School (CPS) children in first aid the year before and that the training was free to the children. In fact, records show that CPS paid the foundation a considerable amount. After Goudie's reports, Spizzirri filed a defamation suit against three people who criticized SALF (including Dr. Heimlich's son), claiming the criticisms cost it 11 contracts, including CPS.
    http://www.citmedialaw.org/threats/save-life-foundation-v-baratz

    Three more invoices from 2004/2005

  • In reply to viniciusdm:

    News delayed is news denied.... The Skeleton in Arne Duncan's Closet US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appears to have a noisy one dating from his years running the Chicago Public Schools. Her name is Carol J. Spizzirri. A little background.

    Spizzirri is a convicted shoplifter.
    http://illinoiscorruption.net/documents/shoplifting.pdf

    According to a sworn affidavit by her ex-husband, a court ordered psychological evaluation diagnosed her as a paranoid schizophrenic and pathological liar.
    http://illinoiscorruption.net/documents/emotionalletter.pdf

    Before she huffed out of the interview with Chuck Goudie,
    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news&id=4770490

    Spizzirri said SALF trained 67,000 Chicago Public School (CPS) children in first aid the year before and that the training was free to the children. In fact, records show that CPS paid the foundation a considerable amount. After Goudie's reports, Spizzirri filed a defamation suit against three people who criticized SALF (including Dr. Heimlich's son), claiming the criticisms cost it 11 contracts, including CPS.
    http://www.citmedialaw.org/threats/save-life-foundation-v-baratz

    Three more invoices from 2004/2005

  • In reply to viniciusdm:

    News delayed is news denied.... The Skeleton in Arne Duncan's Closet US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appears to have a noisy one dating from his years running the Chicago Public Schools. Her name is Carol J. Spizzirri. A little background.

    Spizzirri is a convicted shoplifter. According to a sworn affidavit by her ex-husband, a court ordered psychological evaluation diagnosed her as a paranoid schizophrenic and pathological liar.

    Before she huffed out of the interview with Chuck Goudie, Spizzirri said SALF trained 67,000 Chicago Public School (CPS) children in first aid the year before and that the training was free to the children. In fact, records show that CPS paid the foundation a considerable amount. After Goudie's reports, Spizzirri filed a defamation suit against three people who criticized SALF (including Dr. Heimlich's son), claiming the criticisms cost it 11 contracts, including CPS.

    Three more invoices from 2004/2005

  • In reply to viniciusdm:

    did this get investigated by the IG?

  • In reply to viniciusdm:

    "Performance is very bad, very weak," says Civic Committee president Eden Martin.

    Blogger Alexander Russo, who writes about Chicago schools, says the findings show that nearly 15 years into mayoral control, the city school system "isn't nearly as improved as many have been led to believe."

    "What I find particularly appalling is that Duncan and Obama

  • In reply to ElizabethEvans:

    queenofbabble-forgive my splng error, a a laid-off teacher, thanks to AD closing our school, I cannot afford a new keyboard.

  • 17-year-old student in critical condition Tuesday afternoon after being shot near Hubbard High School.

    Student seriously wounded outside Southwest Side high school
    January 26, 2010 3:14 PM
    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/01/1-shot-outside-southwest-side-high-school.html
    A 15-year-old student was shot and seriously wounded as he left Hubbard High School this afternoon after taking an exam, school officials said.

    The boy, a freshman, was walking near the rear of the school at 6200 S. Hamlin Avenue when he was shot in the back, Chicago Lawn District Sgt. Mike Mulligan said at the scene.

    He was taken in serious to critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. Officials said he was talking and stable at the scene.

    School had been let out early, around 12:45 p.m., because of final exams, and the boy was shot around 1 p.m., said Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman Monique Bond.

    The teen was shot near 63rd Street and Springfield Avenue and made his way back onto the school's parking lot to get to safety, where officials found him, Bond said. At least two gunshots were fired, police said.

    Bond said that it was uncertain if the victim was the intended target.

    Police Supt. Jody Weis, who arrived at the scene shortly after the shooting, said some people of interest were being sought for questioning. He said the city has cameras in the area and some footage was caught at 63rd and Springfield

    "It's always sad when one of our young people are injured," Weis said.

    A husband and wife who own the nearby Evolution Unisex, a hair salon at the northeast corner of 63rd Street and Springfield Avenue, said they heard the shot.

    Maria Gamino, 34, was cutting a customer's hair and her husband, Salvador Gamino, 43, was also at the shop with their 6-year-old son when he heard a single shot. The couple then saw a young person running south on Springfield.

    Maria Gamino typically works alone in the beauty shop until about 2:30 p.m. when her sister takes over. There was yellow crime scene tape attached to their single-story brick building.

    Maria said she leaves the door locked all the time, and her customers are regulars.

    "We know there are a lot of problems over there, but we've never heard anything like this before," Maria Gamino said. "We know the neighborhood is getting worse. Sometimes we reconsider whether we should move."

    The couple said at the beginning of the year there was another shooting in the area.

    -- Serena Maria Daniels

  • to uninformed motherof2: Obama will continue to see democrates lose office. 1 great reason is his hubris in putting Arne as sec Ed. What a mistep and long lasting mistake. he will be a 1 term president and here is only 1 reason.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    If Obama is a one term president, I don't think it is because of Arne Duncan. That is something most people don't even talk about. In fact, he was on a talk show a with Newt Gingrich and Al Sharpton. All three agreeing on virtually everything.
    To Motherof2: Exactly what games are being played by teachers and unions? Do you belong to a union? Can you name something positive that Duncan did while in Chicago?
    -Sam

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Retired Principal: I used to call Arne Duncan "Elmer Fudd". 17 year old freshman shot near Hubbard High School, what's wrong with this picture?

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    5:24--it is a good part of it (Arne appt. by BHO). Arne is bringing the terrible and failed Chicago way to the Nation and it will backfire, and he left CPS a mess--more teachers and unions and Chicagoans will grow to dislike him (hate?) and will blame Obama and remeber this come ANY election. Who we get for Gov/Sen will be telling.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Shame that Dr. Pletsch at Nightengale is geting such poor treatment from CAO11. We wish him well.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    District299Reader, above you state this: "Obama will continue to see democrates lose office."

    It would be great if people could learn how to spell - it's Democrats. And Obama will do just fine.

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