Recently Microsoft, MSN and Bing launched Redu, a platform for conversations centered around school reform. Over at the Redu site there are lots of articles on what is working in public education and how simple changes can make big differences.
One project they have going on right now is Ask Arne. In case you didn't know Arne Duncan is the U.S. Secretary of Education. There is a lot of controversy that surrounds Arne from the Race To The Top initiative to putting more public money into charter schools.
The folks over at Redu are giving everyday Americans the opportunity to ask Arne questions.
Here is how it works.
You head over to http://ask-arne.msn.com. There you will find four categories: The Rising Cost of College, Race To The Top, STEM (Science, Technology, Enginering, Mathematics) Education, and the Open Forum. You pick a one of the categories and ask your question. Then the community votes on which questions Arne will answer. Don't have a good question to ask? Not a problem. Vote on the questions you think Arne should answer.
Then this Friday (Oct. 1) Shira Lazar host of the MSN social reality show The Tastemaker will ask Arne the most popular questions in a live White House webcast at 2:15pm.
So head on over and tell Arne what is on your mind. If you do ask a question head back here and tell us about it so we can all go and vote for it.