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Education Tue Mar 31 2009

Phony Tough Guy Watch: Arne Duncan

Last month, Ramsin Canon wrote about Tribune columnist and "consummate phony tough guy" John Kass.

In that vein, I would like to nominate Arne Duncan for a Phony Tough Guy Award, for being quoted as saying he would

"come down like a ton of bricks" on anyone who defies the administration's plans to bring relief to states who face layoffs because of budget cuts."

Words signify things and his metaphor of "coming down like a ton of bricks" should mean something. Does this mean that he's going to fight Bobby Jindal?

 
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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...

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Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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