Ask Arne about Education

Arne Duncan, the U.S. secretary of education, fields your questions in an Oct. 1 webcast.

Are crumbling schools putting our nation’s future at risk? Are our teachers prepared for the myriad challenges they meet in the classroom? Is frequent testing giving us a good idea of student success and failure, or distorting comprehensive education for the next generation? MSN and Bing’s REDU initiative are presenting an opportunity for you to ask these questions or others to the top guy at the Department of Education – Education Secretary Arne Duncan as part of the White House “Open for Questions” program.


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Between Sept. 23 and Oct. 1, post your questions or vote to support others’ questions at On Oct. 1, between 2:15 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Eastern time, Shira Lazar—the host of the MSN social reality competition The Tastemaker—will put your questions directly to Secretary Duncan. We will put the most pressing questions before the secretary in an effort to encourage the national conversation around education reform. At REDU, you will find more information and resources to learn, a community platform to foster connections and tools and initiatives for you to act. And at MSN you’ll continue to get timely and comprehensive programming, including the latest news from NBC News, to keep you in touch with the latest developments in education.


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Other related initiatives you may find useful:

– REDU stands for rethinking, reforming and rebuilding US education. Powered by people and technology, REDU is a movement designed to expand and encourage the national conversation around education reform by providing information and resources to learn, a community platform to connect, and tools and initiatives to act.

– MSN’s social reality show tackles education from 9/27-10/7, as the contestants vying for the title of The Tastemaker team up with Get Schooled to inspire their social networks, and YOU, to create public service announcements. Your submission may be chosen by the folks at Viacom for distribution across their websites. Learn more at

– NBC News is holding a three-day summit in Rockefeller Plaza, 9/26-9/28, dubbed Education Nation. The effort includes in person, online and on-air components. Learn more at

– Bing’s “Our School Needs” is a user-generated content competition that invites schools to ask Bing to fulfill their dreams by sharing what their school needs. Any US school can enter to win up $100,000.

Reed Price, Director of Network Programming, MSN