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Secretary Arne Duncan Wishes He Had Done Waivers Sooner

Alyson Klein of Education Week's Politics K-12 blog recently interviewed Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on a number of issues, including accountability, waivers, reauthorization, and more. When discussing his biggest mistakes and regrets, Duncan said,
One huge mistake was we spent a year and a half two years trying to finish No Child Left Behind in 2009 and '10 and '11. We spent hundreds and hundreds of hours. And we knew the law was hurting children and hurting teachers. And we would have been crucified by Congress, saying we bypassed them if we hadn't spent that time, and so we thought we were doing the right thing. So at the end of the day, that was a big mistake. We failed. ... We let schools, we let kids suffer for another year. So, in hindsight, we should have done waivers earlier.

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