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April 30, 2014

Farewell, From One-Half of the Politics K-12 Team

Michele McNeil is leaving Education Week for a new opportunity at the College Board, but Politics K-12 will live on and thrive.

May 12, 2009

Brad Jupp is Arne's New Two-for-One Teacher Guy

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has a new teacher quality adviser ... and he's got a foot in both the merit pay and union camps. Brad Jupp is formerly a senior policy adviser to Denver-schools-superintendent-turned-U.S.-Senator Michael Bennet. In that role, he worked on school and district pe...

April 30, 2009

More on Miller the Money Man

Some folks in Eduland sound glad the department is bringing in someone with a background in management.

April 29, 2009

Stimulus Money Guy Named Deputy Education Secretary

Tony Miller, who has an extensive background in business, has been a key player in managing the stimulus money.

April 20, 2009

Arne Adds Two More Appointments

Still no deputy, but other appointments are starting to come fast and furious. The Department announced that Robert Shireman will serve as deputy undersecretary, and Massie Ritsch will be deputy assistant secretary for External Affairs and Outreach. Shireman's appointment shouldn't come to a surpr...

March 02, 2009

Gov. Sebelius Up for HHS

If confirmed, Sebelius will oversee the Head Start program, which President Barack Obama just slated for a boost in his fiscal year 2010 budget outline.

February 19, 2009

Linda Darling-Hammond to Stay in California

Linda Darling-Hammond, who was widely rumored for a top job in the U.S. Department of Education, told me today that she is going to stay in California and support President Barack Obama's agenda in her role as an education professor and researcher at Stanford University. Darling-Hammond, who has ...

January 14, 2009

Letter-Writing Campaign on Education Department Appointments

Apparently there is a letter writing campaign underway to express concerns to the transition team and members of Congress about Wendy Kopp, CEO of Teach for America, Jon Schnur, co-founder of New Leaders for New Schools, and Andrew Rotherham, co-director of Education Sector as potential choices for ...

January 14, 2009

Rumors On Possible Appointments

Arne Duncan had glowing praise for Wendy Kopp, CEO and founder of Teach for America, and Jonathan H. Schnur, the co-founder of New Leaders for New Schools, in his confirmation hearing yesterday. Sources have mentioned to me that they are hearing that both are being considered for top positions at D...

December 18, 2008

Reality Check for Obama, Duncan, and other Ed Reformers

Not to throw cold water on the education secretary naming party, but did anyone else see that yesterday—while Obama was talking up the benefits of a longer school day and teacher quality during the Arne Duncan announcement—the governor of Alabama was taking steps to cut K-12 education funding by...

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