Duncan details $150 billion education stimulus

Education Secretary Arne Duncan talks to CNN's Campbell Brown about the President's $150 billion increase in federal money for education. Here is the transcript of that interview.

CB: Mr. Secretary, the President's new stimulus plan includes a massive $150 billion increase in federal money for education. Walk us through what the priorities are and when parents can expect to see results.

DUNCAN: This is an extraordinary opportunity and if we want to become a strong economy again, the best thing we can do is have an educated work force. So this is a huge, huge opportunity to make things dramatically better for schools and for ... Full Story »

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Fabrice Florin
3.7
by Fabrice Florin - Feb. 1, 2009

Interesting, but short interview with Education Secretary Arne Duncan about his plans to improve the U.S educational system to further a more educated workforce. He does not provide a lot of specifics, beside his interest in saving teacher jobs, making tests more effective and listening to recommendations from the public and school staffers across the nation. The interviewer interrupts often, and focuses the interview on the stimulus and on Arne's views about No Child Left Behind.

I didn't get the information I was hoping for in this interview, which was too superficial to be of much use. Arne Duncan keeps it too close to the vest for my taste. I was interested to hear about the Chicago school experiment where they pay students based on performance. I hope Arne can be more specific in future interviews, and show more vision and sense of innovation.

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Dale Penn
3.5
by Dale Penn - Feb. 1, 2009

This is the first full length interview I've seen with the new Education Secretary. The interviewer pushed for details and got few. It seemed she got stuck on No Child Left Behind and tried to get Duncan to commit to something, without much success. Other areas of the education portion of the stimulus package were left alone. Pretty much Duncan providing talking points. I had hoped for more.

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Kristin Gorski
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by Kristin Gorski - Jan. 31, 2009

An insightful interview with the new Secretary of Education. Campbell Brown really pressed him to answer specifics about No Child Left Behind and clearly knew the crucial issues at hand--and got Duncan to admit they'll probably "reauthorize" the program when it expires (which is surprising to me, as many thought NCLB would be allowed to expire). Features some solid specifics but overall needs more.

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