A couple of days ago the Washington Post ran an article questioning Arne Duncan’s legacy in Chicago (here).
Almost exactly a year before, the paper ran an article touting it (here).
What a difference a year makes, eh?
Leaving aside the poor journalism surrounding Duncan and the Post’s failure to inform readers that its coverage had changed dramatically, the question arises about whether Duncan contributed to the public’s misunderstandings about his record as head of CPS?
He’s come awfully close.
He’s called Chicago a national model, and suggested that Chicago’s efforts on charters, merit pay, and dropout prevention were greater successes than the facts would suggest.
Conservative education pundit Rick Hess gets into some of this in a blog post here, noting Duncan’s claims and his under-appreciation for how easy he had it in Chicago relative to other districts without the mayoral support or the resources or the state laws.