February 10, 2009
As we all know, Arne Duncan is the current Secretary of Education. HIs bio notes:
Prior to his appointment as secretary of education, Duncan served as the chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools, a position to which he was appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley, from June 2001 through December 2008, becoming the longest-serving big-city education superintendent in the country.
This is interesting in light of of "'Painful Lessons': Abuse At Chicago Schools." The article reports that since 2003, 818 students in Chicago have reported that they were physically abused by a school employee. An investigation by the school district confirmed that at least 568 of the allegations were true. Additionally, the rport discovered that the vast majority of the attackers only received a slap on the wrist.
Of course, Duncan, when questioned by the TV station on the abuse, said that anyone caught abusing a student would be fired. However, history doesn't seem to uphold that.
Is this the guy we really want running our schools?
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