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Teachers Demand Better from Ed Secretary Arne Duncan

Duncan Needs Improvement, Says AFT

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) recently passed a resolution urging President Obama to put U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on an "improvement plan." If Duncan doesn't improve, the organization says, he should resign. 

According to, the call for action came a week after the National Education Association approved a ballot measure demanding Duncan's resignation. 

"Some of the things the AFT believes should be in Duncan's improvement plan: an end to 'test and punish' accountability systems and more work to better ensure school funding equity," the article said.

EducationDive also gave its insight, saying unions were "disheartened" with Duncan following Vergara vs. California. 

"The case saw Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu declare the state's teacher tenure laws unconstitutional, and Duncan applauded the decision--a move that didn't sit well with many teachers, hence the demands for resignation or 'improvement plans'," the article said. 

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor


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