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Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is working for Steve Jobs’ widow in Chicago. He was invited to sit on the board of a $1 billion technology start-up. Corporate board memberships are well paid.
As usual, Peter Greene has the best explanation of what’s happening.
He is puzzled that the press release for Duncan refers to him as a “thought leader.”
“Arne Duncan– Highly Regarded Thought Leader. Holy smokes. I mean, holy frickin’ smokes. Duncan was not even a particularly apt Thought Sayer, and I can’t remember a single time that Duncan stood up to speak and folks from all across the nation fell in behind him, excited by his vision and his leaderliness. Not to be mean, but I’m not sure that Duncan ever proved to be a Thought Haver. Is there a Duncan policy that didn’t come from somewhere else? Anything? Test-and-punish, charter schools, data mining, Common Core– pretty sure that someone else did the thinking on those.
“He certainly did expand federal reach, but he did it through the artful use of blackmail (apply for a waiver or face the consequences of being in violation of NCLB). It is true that the stimulus money saved some jobs, but are we going to give Duncan credit for that? How about pissing off Congress so badly that they united in the historic stripping of power from a cabinet-level department? Or the complete bungling of Common Core? Or the demoralization and alienation of public school teachers? I don’t want to rehash the whole question of Duncan’s legacy again, but this is a spirited rewrite of history indeed.”
Earlier this year, President Obama’s friends took control of the Apollo Education Group, which owns the University of Phoenix. Duncan’s deputy secretary of education Tony Miller will run the multi-billion dollar for-profit operation.
In other news, Duncan’s former deputy Jim Shelton will advise Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan.