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DUNCAN: In Search Of The Secretary's Schedule

43899385 In my never-ending effort to annoy others and entertain inform myself and others, I asked the nice folks at the USDE for access to Arne Duncan's weekly schedule.  Not the press stuff that we already know about.  Not the truly private or personal stuff related to his family or health.  But the day-in, day-out stuff that his scheduler keeps on Outlook.  Meetings, visitors, call logs, events.  

I figure that he's doing the public's business, am curious about how he spends his time and who he's talking to.  I know that the information is easily available.  There's probably a daily schedule sent out to top staff so that they can know where he is.  And there's all this talk about transparency and accountability. 

What do you think?  Should reporters and the public know who Arne met with last week, or should that be kept behind closed doors?  You make the call. I just wanna know.

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Yes, we definitely need to know more and I thank you for pursuing this!

For instance, I'd be curious to learn exactly how much contact Duncan and his staff have with people like Eli Broad, as well as the leadership of the Business Roundtable folks, Democrats for Education Reform, and the other behind-the-scenes manipulators who dictate the policies.

By the way, did you happen to pick up this piece by Greg Toppo?: "Scientist shortage? Maybe not"

http://content.usatoday.com/community/comments.aspx?id=35587186.story&p=3

"As the push to train more young people in STEM science, technology, engineering and math careers gains steam, a few prominent skeptics are warning that it may be misguided and that rhetoric about the USA losing its world pre-eminence in science, math and technology may be a stretch."

The comments are quite interesting, too. This whole scenario fits perfectly with the Nation at Risk rhetoric challenged by the Sandia Report story
http://perimeterprimate.blogspot.com/2009/07/history-lesson-about-sandia-report.html

And just look how Bill Gates is in the midst of it all.

One comment said, "When it comes to employment, don't believe a word that comes out of the mouth of Bill Gates or any other senior executive in the high-tech industry. Their goal is to create the impression that there's a shortage of skilled professionals here in the U.S. in order to further inflate the number of H-1B visa workers allowed into the country. Companies like Microsoft bring immigrant workers into the US on H-1B visas and pay them a fraction of what an American worker would make. These workers are totally dependent on their employer to stay in the country; if they complain about wages they are simply terminated and have to go back home. It's all an act by the high tech industry to increase profits at the expense of the American worker."

For more than three months I have yet to have my e-mails or phone calls answered
by DOE Staff.

Hector M. Flores

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