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April 2, 2009

DUNCAN BULLYING SCHOOL SYSTEMS INTO EXCESSIVE PAPERWORK

NY Times - Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told the nation's governors that in exchange for billions of dollars in federal education aid provided under the economic stimulus law, he wants new information about the performance of their public schools, much of which could be embarrassing. . .

The data required includes the following:

- Student math and reading scores on local tests, as well as on the National Assessment of Education Progress, a federal test that is more difficult.

- The numbers of schools declared failing under federal law that have demonstrated student achievement gains within the last three years.

- The numbers of students, by high school, who graduate and go on to complete at least a year's worth of college credit.

Speaking with reporters in a conference call, Mr. Duncan inadvertently demonstrated how the information collected from states could be used to try to shame educators and public officials into making changes.

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