As students head back to school, educators nationwide are implementing controversial school reform wrought by Arne Duncan. Pushing competitive market approaches and armed with unprecedented funding and support from the president, he is possibly the most powerful education secretary ever. August 30, Growing up in Chicago , Arne Duncan learned early that education was a stark dividing line — sometimes literally between life and death. At the South Side after-school center that his mom founded, he knew kids who'd made it all the way to fourth grade unable to read. And on the asphalt playgrounds of that rough area, he shot hoops with boys who later died in gang warfare.
Education secretary Arne Duncan: headmaster of US school reform
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Include Synonyms Include Dead terms. Direct link. Following up on the educational reform initiatives of the s and early s, which are centered on the notion of accountability, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's Race to the Top initiative strives to bring such accountability down to the level of the individual teacher through the use of advanced statistical parsing of student achievement data. Through the calculation of "teacher value-added," a given teacher's "effectiveness" can be measured and ranked, hence assigned a value.
Conservatives and some parents resisted Duncan's push for all U. His father was a psychology professor at the university and his mother runs the Sue Duncan Children's Center , an after-school program primarily serving African-American youth in the nearby Kenwood neighborhood. Duncan attended the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools  and later Harvard College , where he played on the basketball team and graduated magna cum laude in with a bachelor's degree in sociology.