U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan may well be one of these gullible people, or maybe he is being assisted with what to say by his friend Tom over at Vander Ark/Ratcliff.
VA/R provides the following services to assist with the destruction of the
- Strategic Consulting
- Public affairs
- Creative Services
One of this company’s claims to fame is establishing the Broad Education Foundation communications office. No more needs to be said.
Fortunately, Parents United for Responsible Education, a group of Chicago public school parents and activists
PURE FACT SHEET “Dodge-ing the truth”
Arne Duncan, National Press club,
What Secretary Duncan says:
“And so we have to stop lying to children. We have to tell them the truth. We have to be transparent about data."
success proves that we as a nation can expect dramatic and quick turnarounds in our lowest-performing schools.” Education Week essay, Chicago June 12, 2009
What Secretary Duncan says:
“We had a school that we did -- we turned it around. The students left -- they came back – (Dodge) was one of the worst schools in
; that in the third or fourth year of the turnaround had the highest gain of any elementary school in the state. National Press Club, Chicago May 29, 2009
What the data show: Only 12 students who were enrolled at Dodge when it was closed in 2002 were still there in 2005. Memo, CPS Research Dept.,
“With a new high school in
North Lawndalewhere 95 percent of the children graduate...I am convinced we can finally get to what Dr. King talked about." National Press Club, May 29, 2009
What the data show: Graduation rate for
“In every elementary and middle school we turned around, attendance rates improved.” Education Week essay,
June 12, 2009
What the data show: Attendance at the 2007 “turnaround model,” Sherman Elementary, dropped from 91.4% the year prior to the takeover to 90.6% in the first year of the takeover. Attendance nearly recovered its pre-takeover rate at 91.3% in 2008. Illinois Interactive Report Card aggregate dataWhat Secretary Duncan says:
"What we did in
is we moved the adults out. We kept the children, and brought in new teams of adults. Same children, same families, same socioeconomic challenges, same neighborhoods, same buildings, different set of expectations, different set of beliefs. And what we saw was dramatic change." National Press Club, Chicago May 29, 2009
Over at Education Notes Online, Norm writes that Jerry Bracy is making an offer to buy dinner for the first person who is actually able to pin Duncan down on something specific. I'm thinking of taking that notion a bit farther by taking up a collection to pay for ads which challenge Duncan to engaging in a public duel of minds with Gerald Bracey.