Arne Duncan coming to two APS high schools today to listen and learn


I hope to go, listen and learn and then tell you about it.

Duncan to convene Listening and Learning Session with Sen. Isakson and continue discussion on violence prevention in schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit two Atlanta high schools on Monday, Dec. 14. At 10 a.m. EST, he will join U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (Ga.) to convene a Listening and Learning session at Atlanta Tech High School, 1043 Memorial Drive, S.E. A press availability will follow at 11 a.m. EST. Duncan will then visit Grady High School, 929 Charles Allen Drive, N.E., for a policy discussion roundtable on the Promise Neighborhood initiative and effective violence prevention strategies as part of the National Conversation on the Future of Cities and Metropolitan Areas directed by The White House Office of Urban Affairs. At 1 p.m. EST, he will tour the school with White House Urban Affairs Director Adolfo Carrion and other officials, and a media availability will follow.

Secretary Duncan and other education department officials have held similar Listening and Learning sessions across the country in recent months as Congress plans to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the cornerstone of the government’s involvement in elementary and secondary education.

The National Conversation is a White House initiative to highlight best practices around the nation that reflect the principles of President Obama’s new vision for developing cities and metropolitan America. As part of the FY 2010 budget, the Obama administration has proposed $10 million for the Promise Neighborhoods initiative. The initiative will provide one-year planning grants to non-profit, community-based organizations for the development of comprehensive neighborhood support programs for children and youth from preschool through college.

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jim d

December 11th, 2009
1:40 pm

keep spending !!!

Natl. debt as of 12/11/09 @ 06:32:43 pm GMT = $12,086,840,167,995,.10

that breaks down to be roughly $39,313.36. per citizen, share of this debt.

How long can we sustain these expenses??


December 11th, 2009
1:45 pm

Jim d- What services do you not want to fund? Where is it a good idea to cut? Defense, education, homeland security?

jim d

December 11th, 2009
1:48 pm

Not enough room on this blog to to list them all but the latest 14 pages of ear marks would be a great start.

jim d

December 11th, 2009
2:09 pm


Are you aware that the U.S. gave an estimated $26 billion in foreign aid in 2008to more than 150 countries in financial assistance from the U.S. that we provided Egypt $1.7 billion with 1.3 billion of that earmarked to buy weapons?


December 11th, 2009
2:19 pm

Sounds odd but 26 billion is a drop in the bucket.

jim d

December 11th, 2009
2:25 pm

26 billion here—26 billion there and pretty soon we are talking about a lot of money.

Also were you aware that the us gov funds

•342 economic development programs;
•130 programs serving the disabled;
•130 programs serving at-risk youth;
•90 early childhood development programs;
•75 programs funding international education, cultural, and training exchange activities;
•72 federal programs dedicated to assuring safe water;
•50 homeless assistance programs;
•45 federal agencies conducting federal crimi­nal investigations;
•40 separate employment and training pro­grams;
•28 rural development programs;
•27 teen pregnancy programs;
•26 small, extraneous K–12 school grant pro­grams;
•23 agencies providing aid to the former Soviet republics;
•19 programs fighting substance abuse;
•17 rural water and waste-water programs in eight agencies;
•17 trade agencies monitoring 400 interna­tional trade agreements;
•12 food safety agencies;
•11 principal statistics agencies; and
•Four overlapping land management agencies.

Consolidaating a few of these could save enough to totally fund education even to your spending standards.


December 11th, 2009
5:11 pm

Arne Duncan values National Board Certified teachers. Hope someone tells him about the shaft they, and all educators have gotten from Sonny Perdue. I hope someone also tells him what a dismal failure No Child Left Behind is.

Justice In DeKalb

December 11th, 2009
5:20 pm

Excited to hear about the upcoming trip to Atlanta by the US Secretary of Education – Mr. Arne Duncan! I am sure that the students, parents, stakeholders, and constituents of Atlanta Public Schools (APS) welcome Mr. Duncan with open arms. Hopefully, during this visit to the Atlanta Public Schools, Mr. Duncan will garner some insight as to how to mend our broken school systems in the state of Georgia.

A quick piece of advice for our US Secretary of Education – Please find time in your (already busy) schedule to visit the students/parents/employees/stakeholders/and constituents of DeKalb County. These students really need your help! The business of Education is a serious one – for it establishes the life course and future of our up & coming generation. That being said – the voiceless, powerless, helpless students of DeKalb County desperately need your support – due to the abuse of power, widespread corruption, construction fraud, mismanagement of SPLOST funds, unethical behavior, cronyism, nepotism, and lack of accountability of those in power within the DeKalb County Government and the DeKalb County School Systems such as …

RONALD BERNARD RAMSEY, SR. – Georgia State Senator AND Director of Internal Affairs for DeKalb County School Systems

PATRICIA ANN REID POPE (and VINCENT ANTHONY POPE) – Chief Operating Officer of Design & Construction for DeKalb County School Systems

CRAWFORD LEWIS – Superintendent of DeKalb County School Systems

EUGENE WALKER – Elected Board of Education Member for DeKalb County School System
Thus far, the sitting District Attorney of DeKalb County, Gwen Keyes Fleming has NOT been of ANY ASSISTANCE due to Cronyism and the Georgia Attorney General, Thurbert E. Baker has NOT been of ANY ASSISTANCE due to Cronyism!

Actually, it is be sincere believe that a “State of Emergency” needs to be declared for the state of Georgia due to the widespread political connections and corruption that is occurring. The only viable solution is for the US Dept of Education to totally shut down the administration offices of DeKalb County and bring in their own people to run the school system until good, honest, ethical, qualified people can be found. A case similar to this, but far less egregious, happened in 1992 or ’93 with the Compton Unified School District in California.

Please help the students of DeKalb County get their education , Mr. Arne Duncan.

Please stop the bleeding & help the scared, intimidated employees of DeKalb County, Mr. Arne Duncan.

Please help the concerned but perplexed parents of DeKalb County, Mr. Arne Duncan.

Please help Jaheem Herrera’s family of DeKalb County, Mr. Arne Duncan….(the 5th grade student who committed “Bully-Cide” due to unrelentless bullying at Dunaire Elementary School – and Crawford Lewis, Ronald Ramsey, Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore has tried to cover-up DeKalb County School Systems culpability)!

Feel free to contact me at for substantiating documents or additional information!


December 11th, 2009
8:26 pm

I hope that the discussion with Sen. Isakson on violence prevention in schools begins with the data point that last year, less than 1% of all school suspensions in Georgia were for weapons. Students are suspended for non-violent offenses at a significantly higher rate than for drugs, weapons, sexual offenses, fighting, assault or battery. Perhaps the discussion should focus on that we are striving for students to meet standards on the CRCT which only indicates a very basic level of achievement. We should be striving for EXCEEDS the standard.

Chris Murphy, Atlanta, GA

December 11th, 2009
11:03 pm

That’s great that they are going to Tech High, a charter school here on Atlanta’s SE side. In 6 years it has become one of the top 3 high schools in the city; I know, that ’s not saying much. It is now poised to become #1, where it should stay for quite some time.


December 12th, 2009
7:43 am

“…the Obama administration has proposed $10 million for the Promise Neighborhoods initiative. The initiative will provide one-year planning grants to non-profit, community-based organizations…”

I wonder if this is a way to funnel even more money to ACORN? Hmmmmm….


December 12th, 2009
11:45 am

Please have the fact checkers ready for Duncan’s appearance. It seems that he is able to create “facts” as needed to “support” his way of thinking. Truth be told, his way of thinking is no better than the folks from the Bush administration, only he’s a lot louder.


December 12th, 2009
11:47 am

Lee – Did you hear the news that a court has struck down as unconstitutional Congress’s recent ban on funding for ACORN? Not good news.

Attentive Parent

December 12th, 2009
11:48 am

I’m sure Lee was being facetious about ACORN but Priority 5 in the Race to the Top guidelines says that to get a grant states like Georgia need to include:
“a focus on coordinating with … community organizations” as part of a seamless P- 20 system to be developed.

Given the actual language of the Race to the Top regs, there’s no telling what Georgia and local districts are committing to in a desperate effort to secure more money.

Pay attention as the binding commitments must be filed with the feds by January 19, 2010.

Fact Checker

December 12th, 2009
7:29 pm


2 observations, first, anytime anyone brings up something somewhat controversial, such as Attentative Parent and Race to the Top, someone always comes back with an attempt to divert bloggers to a less threatening issue. Second TJ’s response to Attentive Parent is uncalled for and has nothing to do with the discussion at hand. Maureen please remove the comment.

Attentive Parent

December 12th, 2009
8:44 pm


My 2 biggest concerns with Race to the Top are:
(1) the commitment to adopting what many experts see as weak standards without the chance to examine them;

(2) the commitment by the state and districts to determine who the most effective teachers are so they can be moved to high poverty and high minority schools.

I’m sure the Walton, Jackson, Northview, Sarah Smith, Pope parents will not mind paying property taxes to fund schools where many of the perceived “best”, most rigorous teachers have been removed.

This “equitable distribution of effective teachers” is at the heart of the commitments states and participating districts must make to have a chance to obtain an RttT grant.

I can see why TJ wanted to divert the discussion but since we were talking about ACORN and not involuntary transfers of effective teachers, it appears that the language about “community organizations” must be intended to include ACORN and its affiliates.

No wonder TJ decided to change the issue and make an ad hominem attack.

We must be right to be paying attention to what is being promised in the RttT quest.


December 12th, 2009
9:07 pm

One of the reasons those teachers are “high performing” is because they have very few obstacles with the students they teach. Transfer those same teachers to low performing schools and the schools will still be low performing; mostly because those teachers will quit. Some may take the challenge but will be out the door in very short order. Why deal with all the administrative garbage AND mostly unmotivated students?

Samuel Adams

December 13th, 2009
2:03 am

Will Duncan be pushing social justice teaching along with his community organizing partnerships? these people should not be trusted with our students, and the agenda here is so much deeper than traditional education issues. But who will report?

Attentive Parent

December 13th, 2009
4:17 pm is a link to an article on a well-known national education blog on how mediocre the Common Core Standards will be. It also speaks of the haste RTT encourages to adopt them sight unseen.

In an effort to bring in more money, will Georgia and participating districts accept terms that will destroy what is effective about education in Georgia?

David Nutter

December 13th, 2009
9:53 pm

Ms. Galante and Ms. Cash – try to stick to the topic… personal attacks are even low for you two…


December 14th, 2009
7:31 pm

An ACORN worker was caught tape suggesting where two Republican undercover rogues could go for a good time, and the whole organization should be disbanned? I mean really ACORN bashers? That’s like saying all Republicans should be barred from the state capital because Richardson cheated on his wife by sleeping with a lobyist. ACORN does not affect legislation, but Richardson surely did.