Friday, August 19, 2011

Michelle Rhee, Diane Ravitch Square Off Over Racial Achievement Gap

Michelle Rhee, Diane Ravitch Square Off Over Racial Achievement Gap

Michelle Rhee, Diane Ravitch Square Off Over Racial Achievement Gap

Michelle Rhee

First Posted: 8/19/11 05:14 PM ET Updated: 8/19/11 05:14 PM ET

Michelle Rhee, the former schools chancellor of Washington, D.C., and Diane Ravitch, the education historian, are two of the most high-profile voices in the often heated debate over the future of the nation's schools.

Rhee is a proponent of teacher accountability; as head of D.C.'s schools, she pushed for high-stakes testing and fired teachers who were deemed to be underperforming. Ravitch, herself once a proponent of charter schools and testing, has become an outspoken critic of both and has argued that improving schools means alleviating poverty.

But the two had never met in person until Thursday, when they participated in a forum on education organized by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates,

Arne Duncan on U.S. Education: Political Capital With Al Hunt - Bloomberg

Arne Duncan on U.S. Education: Political Capital With Al Hunt - Bloomberg

Arne Duncan on U.S. Education: Political Capital With Al Hunt

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Aug. 19 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan talks with Bloomberg's Al Hunt about the No Child Left Behind education law, for-profit colleges and the outlook for the Pell Grant federal education program. Bloomberg's John McCormick and Hans Nichols discuss prospects for Republican presidential candidates including U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann and Texas Governor Rick Perry, and President Barack Obama's economic policies. Alison Fitzgerald talks about fundraising efforts by Republican candidates. Commentators Margaret Carlson and Kate O'Beirne discuss possible outcomes of the 2012 U.S. presidential election. (Source: Bloomberg)

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan talks with Bloomberg's Al Hunt about the No Child Left Behind education law, for-profit colleges and the outlook for the Pell Grant federal education program.

Bloomberg's John McCormick and Hans Nichols discuss prospects for Republican presidential candidates including U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann and Texas Governor Rick Perry, and President Barack Obama's economic policies. Alison Fitzgerald talks about fundraising efforts by Republican candidates. Commentators Margaret Carlson and Kate O'Beirne discuss possible outcomes of the 2012 U.S. presidential election. (Source: Bloomberg)

00:00 Duncan: No Child Left Behind law outlook 01:49 Education system in Texas, Governor Perry 02:45 For-profit colleges versus public schools 05:12 Pell Grant federal education program 06:09

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