Chicago education activists share their thoughts on Arne Duncan. Small schools advocate Michael Klonsky, for one, thinks Duncan's been "liberated" by Obama.

Just a few minutes ago, President-elect Obama officially tapped Chicago Public Schools Superintendent Arne Duncan as the next education secretary. In listening to his remarks, it's clear that Obama wants a no-excuses leader who isn't afraid to make tough choices to increase student achievement. Obama, as part of his announcement today in Chicago, touted Duncan's on-the-ground experience making those tough decisions: When faced with tough decisions, Arne doesn’t blink. He’s not beholden to any one ideology – and he doesn’t hesitate for one minute to do what needs to be done. He’s worked tirelessly to improve teacher ...

Washington D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Rhee says an urban superintendent is a good pick for the job.

The Chicago-area media, bloggers, and educators may know Arne Duncan best, and here's what they're saying.

In this video, Obama's new ed. sec. talks about his mom's afterschool program, how basketball skills translate to leadership skills, and what his school reform strategy is.

Even before President-elect Obama makes Arne Duncan's selection as education secretary official, early reaction around the blogsphere is very positive.

As the CEO of Chicago schools, Duncan has been supportive of the No Child Left Behind Act.

We've heard from one source that Arne Duncan, the CEO of Chicago's public schools, will be announced on Tuesday as President-elect Barack Obama's pick for secretary of education. UPDATE: The New York Times has confirmed this as well....

But will he reveal the identity of the next secretary of education? President-elect Barack Obama is holding a press conference tomorrow morning at 10:45 central time at the Dodge Renaissance Academy, a preK-8 school in Chicago. Sounds like a prime venue to announce the next secretary of education, one of the major cabinet posts he has yet to fill. Michele e-mailed an Obama spokesman to find out if it's the education secretary announcement. He said he "can't confirm" it. Chicago Schools Chief Executive Officer Arne Duncan is said to be on the short list for that position. Could going ...

School administrators have identified about $11 billion in ready-to-go construction projects should Congress pass a federal stimulus package focused on infrastructure. The survey of nearly 800 administrators in 48 states, conducted by the American Association of School Administrators and released today, found that school districts also want to use one-time money for instructional materials—particularly classroom technology. Missouri and Illinois identified the most projects, at 244 and 103 respectively, while Louisiana and New Mexico didn't report any ready-to-go projects. But when and if schools will get to fulfill these wishes is another story. Congress—and governors—are working on laying ...

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