0076_2015-04-09_U.S. Sec. of Ed, Arne Duncan on 50 Years of Congress passing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act_ESEA (speech & YouTube)_meet John King interim Sec of Ed (YouTubes)

Secretary Arne Duncan marked the 50th Anniversary of the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington D.C., on April 9, 2015″

Notes by Donna Jack (Updated February 27, 2016):

A U.S. Department of Education speech (April 9, 2015), is also on YouTube.  It is 17 minutes 39 seconds long.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, gave a speech April 9, 2015, on the 50th Anniversary of the passing of the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act).  ESEA became federal law in 1965.  In this April 2015 speech Arne Duncan urges a new, updated ESEA law – a bipartisan law.

In December of 2015 that law passed, claiming it would bring control of education back to the states and school districts.  People of both parties believed that narrative, and almost all of them voted for it.  But the truth is, it did the opposite.  The federal government now has even more control over every school in this country.

Link to the Department of Education page, with transcript of the speech and the above video:


President Obama appointed Arne Duncan to be the U.S. Secretary of Education at the beginning of his first term as president.  Arne held the cabinet position longer than any other U.S. Secretary of Education.  He stepped down October 2, 2015.

Below is a linked video speech by John King, the man who has been interim U.S. Secretary of Education since Arne Duncan stepped down in October, 2015.  It is 21 minutes long.

Another video – Meet John King, January 2016:
U.S. Department of Education

Learn about John King’s background, what drives him to do this work, and his priorities as the new Acting Secretary of Education.”



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