I'm quite aware of local district public, public charter, for-profit private, non-profit private, and home schooling.
My father was a school superintendent, my mother a guidance counselor, I've worked as a reading specialist and private tutor to students attending every one of the above...so spare me your condescending lectures.
Duncan embraced Common Core, delighting Republicans.
He embraced charter schools, rankling teacher's unions.
Arne Duncan epitomized the D-Party approach ever since Bill Clinton: split-the-difference and triangulate.
Triangulation, in case you haven't noticed, is a move rightward.
As far as the Obama team being better, I ask better than what? The previous Bush Administration, which increased the Dept of Ed budget significantly more than Obama's?