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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