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NEA Convention 2014: Union Calls On Arne Duncan to Resign

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Jul• 04•14

The National Education Association Representative Assembly in a close vote officially called for the resignation of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. This is an accomplishment of sorts, in that the delegates have been trying to get him to resign since 2009, but this is the first time the vote has been successful.

This particular item was introduced in a rather odd speech from California Teachers Association president Dean Vogel, who went on about leaders needing to take responsibility for what happens under their charge. Vogel asked rhetorically “Where does the buck stop?” and concluded “The guy at the top has got to go.” Apparently the buck stopped far from the guy at the top if Arne Duncan is the cause of all this angst.

No need to repeat myself on this issue. Check out my post from May 2013 on how NEA could have easily avoided Arne Duncan’s appointment in the first place.

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  1. Erica Rinear says:

    I am sure Mr. Duncan will respond the same way NY education commissioner, Mr. King responded – says he isn’t going anywhere. NY is in horrific shape because of the need to grab those RttT dollars. Roll out of common core and all the associated tests have been one huge disaster. We had a perfectly good Regents testing system at the high school level, but they were compromised by making the passing scores ridiculous. A student needed to get only 33/87 questions correct to pass the integrated algebra regents. The other math and science exams were similar. The state screwed that up. I say everyone should leave the schools and teachers alone. Perhaps the focus should be on family responsibility and poverty.