Network for Public Education, 10/2/15
The Network for Public Education assigned an “F” to the selection of John King as a replacement to Arne Duncan, who recently resigned as Secretary of Education.
Diane Ravitch, eminent education historian and President of the Network for Public Education, said, “The policies of the US Department of Education have inflicted immeasurable harm on American public education. The blind faith in standardized testing as the most meaningful measure of students, teachers, principals, and schools has distorted the true meaning of education and demoralized educators. Punitive policies have created teacher shortages across the nation, as well as a precipitous decline in the number of people preparing to become teachers. The Race to the Top preference for privately managed charter schools over public schools has encouraged privatization of a vitally important public responsibility.”
Regarding the appointment of King, The Executive Director of the Network for Public Education Fund and former New York State principal, Carol Burris, observed, “John King’s tenure in New York State was a disaster and he alienated teachers, parents, and principals. He was the first Commissioner of Education in New York to receive a vote of ‘no confidence’ by the New York State Teachers Union, and referred to parents as ‘a special interest group.’ Not only was his implementation of the Common Core standards rushed and chaotic, but the horrific state exams that were given during his tenure resulted in over 200,000 students opting out of the exam last spring. It is difficult to imagine a worse choice to run the US Department of Education.”…
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