From guest blogger David J. Hoff: AFT President Randi Weingarten wants to take Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's place in the Senate, the New York Daily News reports. She's got tough competition from a host New York pols and Caroline Kennedy. But Weingarten does have a few arguments for her candidacy. She'd be an historic pick as the first openly gay member of the U.S. Senate, and she's got connections to New York Gov. David Paterson. Plus, Paterson could choose Weingarten to mollify teachers' complaints about his education budget proposals, New York suggests. Weingarten didn't deny interest in a statement ...


In our story about the transition this week, David, Michele and I mention a meeting among the Obama transition officials and some education groups, including the Learning First Alliance, which includes major education groups representing teachers, school board members, and school executives. They talked about federal spending on education and the effects of the recent economic meltdown on schools. I also heard that in that meeting the transition team was curious about what kinds of federal research projects would be useful for states and educators. In his campaign education proposal, Obama pledged to double spending on education research and development ...


So today I caught up with Linda Darling-Hammond, the Stanford education professor who is heading up President elect-Obama's education policy transition team, after she gave a speech on teacher professional development at the National Staff Development Council's conference in Maryland. Darling-Hammond was apparently not permitted to discuss the transition in any specificity, so she couldn't tell me who was being considered for Education Secretary, when that appointment would be announced, or whether she would be taking any position in the new administration. I also asked her about any forthcoming money for K-12 programs. It looks like school facilities are likely ...


This weekend, President-elect Barack Obama outlined his plan to build "21st century" schools and expand broadband access. He argues that improving school infrastructure is a win-win that can help strengthen the economy by creating jobs, while bolstering student learning and helping the U.S. stay economically competitive over the long haul. Obama didn't offer any dollar amounts or substantive details about how the plan would be structured. But Rep. George Miller, the chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, may have laid some of the groundwork with a "green schools" bill he championed earlier this year. That legislation passed ...


From guest blogger David J. Hoff: David Brooks writes today about the fight between the self-proclaimed "reformers" against their rivals in the teachers' unions and the rest of education establishment. After fighting over policy priorities during the presidential campaign, the two sides are now trying to influence President-elect Barack Obama's choice to be secretary of education. Reformers want an aggressive change agent (think Joel I. Klein of New York City or Michelle Rhee of D.C.). The Washington Post editorial board agrees with them. Unions and others are pushing for someone whose work centers around improving the current system from ...


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 ...


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