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DUNCAN: The Secretary's Media Schedule July 27-31

OB-EB981_oj_1ch_D_20090717201859 Weekly reading.

Speeches in front of La Raza and the Urban League and the GE Foundation.

Orlando listening tour school visit.

Nothing on Wednesday and Friday.

THE WEEK AHEAD: Monday, July 27, 2009 - Friday, July 31 , 2009
Monday, July 27
12:30 p.m. EDT
OPEN:  The Secretary will join Eric Shinseki, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, for the Department’s summer reading initiative, “Read to the Top!”
U.S. Department of Education Headquarters, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, July 28
11:50 a.m. EDT
OPEN: The Secretary will give remarks at the GE Foundation Summer Conference.
Portofino Bay Hotel, 5601 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL
1:20 p.m. EDT
OPEN: The Secretary will hold an event at Lake Nona YMCA Family Center and North Lake Park Elementary School as part of his “Listening and Learning” tour. (For additional information, contact: Sandra Abrevaya, sandra.abrevaya@ed.gov.)
Lake Nona YMCA Family Center and North Lake Park Elementary School, 9055 Northlake Pkwy, Orlando, FL
8:30 p.m. CDT
OPEN: The Secretary will give remarks at the National Council of La Raza’s annual conference.
The Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Grand and State Ballrooms, 17 East Monroe St., Chicago, IL 
Wednesday, July 29
Thursday, July 30
Noon CDT
OPEN: The Secretary will give remarks at the 2009 National Urban League’s annual conference.
McCormick Place Convention Center, 2301 S. Lakeshore Dr., Chicago, IL
Friday, July 31


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The President and Arnie Duncan are the dynamic duo of duplicity.

The President talks about hope, even while he kills the D.C. Voucher program, severing the last thread of hope for thousands of kids trapped in the nation's worst school system. And while shipping them back to the gulag, his own daugters are chauffered to Sidwell Friends.

And Arne Duncan is a loyal lieutenant animated by the same noblesse oblige.

When asked why his own son and daughter are not enrolled in the D.C Public Schools, Education Secretary Duncan answered plainly; “I didn't want to try to save the country's children and our educational system and jeopardize my own children's education.” In other words, “let them eat cake.”

Not to worry. Neither the President nor Secretary Duncan will be "saving" the nation's children or the dysfunctional public schools in which they are trapped anytime soon. They don't get it. Throwing an additional $100,000,000,000 of other peoples money into what will always be other peoples schools is classic stroke of elitist beneficence.

While no one questions the right of the First Parents or Arne and Karen Duncan to send their beautiful children to whatever school they choose, their heartless denial of the same right to some of Washington D.C.'s most vulnerable families just adds more bricks to the rising wall of separation that isolates Washington's pampered and pompous policy makers from the unwashed masses they have come to “save.” It is cruel and heartbreaking.

I'll blast Duncan on a single narrow issue regarding standardized testing. My union said that vouchers is the ONLY nonnegotiable.

I don't care what the educational issue, I'm sticking with Obama.

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