My colleague, Erik Robelen, was in Seattle yesterday covering the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's new strategy for revamping its high school reform strategy. After the formal speeches, the Gates team gathered on stage for some Q-and-A from the high-powered audience, which included the likes of Washington, D.C., schools chief Michelle Rhee and Michael Cohen from Achieve. Robelen offered up a transcript of Bill Gates' answer to a question about marshalling political and public will to accomplish a new reform agenda. His answer is long and meandering, but worth reading. Take note that when Gates talks about the education ...


Just because a person's name appears in the press doesn't mean he or she is actually a candidate, or even wants the job.


Transition team director John Podesta's think tank, the Center for American Progress, has weighed in on NCLB on the past, generally on the side of the pro-strong federal accountability.


The Times cites the New York City public school system chancellor's close ties to the Obama family and its advisers, but points out the rocky relationship Klein had with the AFT's Randi Weingarten.


That might be great news for districts with decaying school facilities. Congressional leaders have expressed interest in including money for school construction in an economic-stimulus plan.


The president-elect attends parent-teacher conferences and hires a friend of charter schools to be his top staffer.


Everyone is guessing who the next secretary of education will be. But one blogger has a useful reminder: Other positions may not be as high-profile, but they could be just as important.


For all the talk of how the already overdue reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act will present a major test for President-elect Obama, some are betting that the first education item on the new administration's to-do list will be expanding pre-K programs.


Just about anybody, if you believe what you read in the papers. It could be one of several governors, urban superintendents, Obama policy advisers, or even former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell.


A handful of President-elect Obama's education advisers have been appointed to his transition team, including Christopher Edley and Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano.


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