And those on the Ed Sec watch read their tea-leaves. Arne Duncan, the schools chief in Chicago and President-elect Obama's informal adviser and basketball buddy, has frequently been mentioned a possible pick for Secretary of Education. He and Secretary Spellings apparently had coffee this morning. So was Secretary Spellings giving him advice? No, Duncan told the Associated Press. Apparently it was just a social call. They worked together to plan an event in Chicago next week. My guess is that the meeting between Duncan and Spellings may seem like more than what it was. If Duncan was meeting with Obama, ...


Elizabeth Evans, the executive director of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools, seems to be a casting a "no" vote for Arne Duncan as ed secretary. Her plea for Duncan to stay in Chicago illustrates that as Obama picks the best and brightest for his cabinet, those folks leave behind a big void that will have to be filled. On the education front, Obama's pick of Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano for the homeland security cabinet post leaves one of the biggest voids so far....


So it looks like school districts with crumbling infrastructures can look forward to an infusion of federal funds in the economic-stimulus package, which Congress is likely to approve in January. President-elect Barack Obama's incoming chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, told reporters on a plane from Philadelphia to Chicago today that money for school construction will be included in the legislation, since those projects are ready-to-go and, proponents argue, would help fuel job creation in cash-strapped states, as well as improve learning environments for kids. No word yet on exactly what the school construction provisions might look like, but the House ...


Last week, Michele and I promised you a full run-down on President-elect Barack Obama's education policy working group, which is headed up by Linda Darling-Hammond, a professor of education at Stanford. And here it is: Geri Palast: A former assistant secretary of labor under President Clinton, she now leads the New York City-based Campaign for Fiscal Equity, which successfully fought a long-running legal battle to win more money for the state’s schools. Elizabeth Green over at the Gotham Schools blog explores Palast's and Robert Gordon's service on this working group from a "Team of Rivals" point of view. Ian ...


Now that Linda Darling-Hammond has been officially announced as the leader of the education policy working group, the Obama team has filled out the rest of the working group. Alyson and I will offer some perspective on what these folks bring to the table on Monday. If you have any thoughts, feel free to leave a comment or send us an email (links to the right, under our pictures.) But in the meantime, we've listed the group below: Group Members Ian Bassin Jeanne Century Robert Gordon Kris Gutiérrez John Jackson David Kirp Goodwin Liu Ray Mabus Geri Palast Steve Robinson ...


So the Associated Press is reporting that former American Federation of Teachers President Edward J. McElroy is a possibility for U.S. secretary of labor. McElroy has a long history with the AFL-CIO and, apparently, his heart is more on the labor union side of things than on the education side. Over at AFT, he served as a kind of a placeholder president for the current head, Randi Weingarten, who took the helm this year. Still, having someone with experience at one of the two national teachers' unions as head of the Department of Labor couldn't be bad for the ...


President-elect Obama has named Melody Barnes, the former general counsel to Sen. Ted Kennedy and the policy guru at the Center for American Progress, as the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. Her top priority will be health care, but she'll also work on education issues, according to the CAP's Think Progress blog. Barnes, of Portfolio-gate fame, is taking a key domestic policy position in the White House that will undoubtedly help shape Obama's education proposals. After all, current Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings started out serving in a similar role for President Bush, as his domestic policy ...


So over at Flypaper, Mike Petrilli is placing his Ed Sec bets on former presidential candidate and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. I seriously doubt it, for one reason: No one in the primary campaigned harder against NCLB than Richardson. He made it clear that he wanted to completely scrap the law and went after then-front runner Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York for saying she just wanted to "fix" it. Since President-elect Obama is of the mend-it-don't-end-it mind set, I'm guessing his education secretary pick would likely be, too. Richardson also wanted to set a minimum wage for ...


Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, a Democrat who is an ardent advocate of K-12 and higher education—and their link to the broader economy and jobs—appears headed to a cabinet post with the Department of Homeland Security. This seems to put to rest any education secretary speculation. This would leave Arizona firmly in the GOP's hands because the state's Republican Secretary of State, Jan Brewer, is next in line for the governor's office. Republicans control the legislature. From an education perspective, this is a loss for Arizona, for the governors' ranks, and for national education reform efforts. She was a ...


The Obama transition finally confirmed the obvious: Linda Darling-Hammond is their key point person on education. In a press release just sent out, the Obama team announced that Darling-Hammond (who just three days ago told me she was "just an adviser") is the Policy Working Group Leader for education. View the complete list of working groups here. Unlike some other working groups, which are being led by a duo or trio of people, Darling-Hammond will be flying solo. She's also among some pretty elite people, including former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle (who is leading the health care group) and ...


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