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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...

December 16, 2008

Arne Duncan Out From Under Mayor Daley's Thumb?

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

December 16, 2008

Duncan Is Official: Now What?

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. Ob...

December 16, 2008

What Chicago Is Saying About Arne

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

December 16, 2008

Arne Duncan, In His Own Words

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.

December 16, 2008

First Reactions to Duncan's Pick as Ed. Sec.

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

December 15, 2008

Duncan is Obama's Education Secretary Pick

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

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