Arne Duncan endorses his doppelgänger, Paul Vallas.
My cartoon from 2014.
To the surprise of absolutely nobody Arne Duncan endorsed his former boss at CPS, Paul Vallas, for mayor in an op-ed piece in the Chicago Tribune.
When Vallas was Richard Daley’s (2) CPS CEO, Duncan was his deputy chief of staff.
Duncan then went on to be picked by Barack Obama to run the Department of Education and Vallas went on to post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, destroying the public school system there by turning it into the largest privatized nearly entirely charter school system in the country.
If it weren’t for Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Secretary of Education, Duncan would still hold the title of the worst Secretary of Education ever.
Duncan’s notable achievement as Secretary of Education was the creation of Race to the Top.
Duncan’s idea was to pit states against states in a competition for limited federal education dollars.
It was educational cock fighting.
At the last convention of the National Education Association that I attended as an active teacher in 2011, the delegates voted to adopt a resolution condemning Duncan in what became known as 13 Things I Hate About Arne Duncan.
Among the union's 13 criticisms are Duncan's failure to adequately address "unrealistic" Adequate Yearly Progress requirements, focusing too closely on charter schools to the detriment of other types of schools, weighing in too heavily on local hiring decisions and failing to see the need for more encompassing change that helps all students and depends on shared responsibility by stakeholders, versus competitive grant programs that the NEA says "spur bad, inappropriate, and short-sighted state policy."
To say that public school teachers detested the policies of Arne Duncan is an understatement.
Duncan and Vallas have always been brothers from another mother.
They worked hand in hand blowing up CPS.
When Vallas moved from Chicago to head the Recovery School District in New Orleans, Duncan applauded Hurricane Katrina for blowing up New Orleans schools.
Duncan said 2005's Hurricane Katrina was "the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans," because it led to hiring Paul Vallas.
Vallas completed the job that Hurricane Katrina started.
Last year Duncan hinted that he might enter the race for Chicago Mayor. The voter response was underwhelming.
Now he’s endorsing his doppelgänger.
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