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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.

December 15, 2008

Source: Arne Duncan Is Obama's Pick for Education Secretary

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.

December 15, 2008

Finally, Obama Will Say Something About Education

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...

December 12, 2008

Sources: Bennet, Duncan Undergo Background Checks

From guest blogger David J. Hoff: Word from sources in Denver is that FBI agents are in town are starting to vet the Denver Schools Superintendent Michael Bennet, and that Bennet traveled to Washington this week. The assumption is that he’s in the running to be named secretary of education, as Jo...

December 12, 2008

Darling-Hammond and Friends Defend Her Record

Last Friday, both The Washington Post and The New York Times ran editorials or op-eds criticizing Stanford education professor Linda Darling-Hammond as a possible choice for a high-level position in the Obama administration, such as Secretary of Education or even Deputy Secretary. And today there ...

December 10, 2008

Listening in on Transition Team's Listening Tour

This morning I attended a meeting organized by the National League of Cities for education policy of staff of big city mayors. The session focused on next steps for the incoming administration and Congress, and was "on background" for reporters, meaning that I can't give names of the people who spok...

December 10, 2008

Denver Superintendent Enters Education Secretary Sweepstakes

From guest blogger David J. Hoff: Michael Bennet is the latest to have his name surface as a potential secretary of education. Jonathan Alter mentioned the Denver superintendent in his Newsweek column about Bill Gates using his philanthropic efforts to influence national and federal K-12 policy. B...

December 09, 2008

Transition Team Interested in Research

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 ta...

December 08, 2008

Darling-Hammond On the Stimulus

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-Hammo...

December 08, 2008

Obama: Building 21st Century Schools Will Bolster Economy

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 eco...

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