In a staged interview, teacher Lisa Clarke gives Duncan a chance to spin the truth in a DOE series called:
When individual philanthropists like Bill Gates or Eli Broad give donations do they earn a seat at the table making decisions with you?Arne Duncan:
I have tremendous respect for them and am thrilled that they have given -- lots of other places they could choose to put their dollars. The fact that they are trying to help education is a very positive thing. But no, it doesn't give them a seat at the table. You guys are at the table. But again, having people who have been successful come back and give back and be part of the solution is really important."
Anthony Cody, Education Week blogger writes,
"Arne Duncan acts as if none of this has any impact. As if teachers have a larger say in education policy than Bill Gates, who is just offering a helpful hand with no strings attached. This is not just a seat at the table. The Gates Foundation has set the table, and decided on the menu. The people seated at whatever table the Department of Education produces for photo opportunities or interviews such as this are not the real decision-makers."
Mr. Duncan, although you get so many opportunities to "re-take the test," you keep failing with half-truths and misinformation. As you are not an elected official, we are forced to keep reading and hearing your spin. That said, some folks think that if you had to write a persuasive essay supporting your own perspective with facts & evidence from the text (respected & peer-reviewed research), you would score below basic and immediately be put into a remedial class. Oops, that means you lose a study hall. How will you ever learn?
"The Gates Foundation offered assistance to states in filling out the complex Race to the Top applications, but only if the states agreed to the following:
Has your state signed the MOA regarding the Common Core Standards currently being developed by NGA/CCSSO? [Answer must be "yes"]"