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Teachers' unions give education secretary low marks

The National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers have been blasting Education Secretary Arne Duncan (in photo) for policies that seem to blame teachers for most of the problems in public schools. The NEA's summer convention opened last weekend with several speakers calling for Duncan's resignation, delegates voting for a resolution criticizing federal programs for "undermining public education," and the union's president summing up 18 months of President Obama's education policies by saying, "This is not the change I hoped for," the New York Times reported.