Duncan marks first year in office as reform agenda advances

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is completing his first year as the nation's top education official, and many are wondering whether he will be successful in achieving an ambitious education-reform agenda -- backed by nearly $10 billion in federal grant programs -- and revising the No Child Left Behind law. Duncan's detractors say his reforms are heavy-handed, but even critics of Duncan's policies say he is effective at promoting them. "My report card is that he gets an A for being effective and a D-minus for the bad ideas," education expert Diane Ravitch wrote recently.

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