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Media: Wash Post Quietly Reverses Course On Duncan

ScreenHunter_01 Dec. 30 09.26Should the Washington Post have reminded readers that their story on Arne Duncan represented a dramatic change from its previous reporting a year ago?  I think they should have.

A couple of days ago, the Washington Post ran a critical front-page article about Arne Duncan's legacy in Chicago (here)

Last year at just about this time the paper ran a very different account on the Obama pick for education secretary -- even though Chicago's lackluster NAEP results and other problems were already apparent. [see picture at left]

Readers will recall that I was nearly apoplectic about the superficial and credulous coverage that Obama's pick was getting from the national press -- and the shady claims that Duncan's team was making on his behalf (here). 


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Chicago is be compared to LA and NYC, and MAYBE NYC has done better, as you assert. But we don't know if that true because of NYCs ruthless manipulation of data. NYC, however, doesn't have nearly the problem with violence and it was going through an unbelievable economic boom. Chicago, I imagine, has done well financially but have they had anything like NYC's extra $10 billion while student population was falling.

That being said, thanks for the reminders.

Truth be known, Los Angeles public schools are far better than NYC, Chicago, Wash DC, and any other reformer city schools, including Boston. Whether that's NAEP or state measures, LA schools top the other cities'.

Perhaps we should set up an exchange program so families in the various cities can send their kids to different urban districts. Call it a national urban vouchers program so the reformers can say its based on Milton Friedman's principles. You tell me which city will attract applications? I can just see families from westside and valley in Los Angeles applying for Bronx and Queens sites.

Here's a story on Arne Duncan you must be aware of:

and its related story

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