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Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Education, United States

 Thanks for the heads up, Kathryn. I missed that one.

Kyle

On Fri, Mar 13, 2009 at 11:40 AM, <klwf@wi.rr.com> wrote:
Hi Kyle,

I saw a few minutes of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Charlie Rose this week.  I don't know much about him, was pleased in general when he was appointed, being that he was seen as outside the educational establishment and in favor of the charter school movement.  I think having lots of choices in education is good for families.

However, this man has some alarming ideas.  Duncan wants to restructure community life around the schools; perhaps a great idea when communities are broken and disfunctional, but hardly a good choice for healthy families and communities.  He spoke of keeping schools open 12-13 hours a day (actually our high schools are open at least that long most days), holding school year round, 6 or 7 days a week, and having potlucks!  The President's agenda for education seems more conservative than Mr. Duncan's, but Mr. Duncan bears watching.

Regards,
Kathryn

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