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December 05, 2008

Brooks Nominates Duncan for Secretary

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 try...

December 04, 2008

Duncan and Spellings Grab Coffee

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. ...

December 03, 2008

Arne Duncan, Don't Leave us Behind

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 t...

December 02, 2008

Emanuel: School Construction Money Will Be in Stimulus

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 P...

December 01, 2008

UPDATED: Obama's Ed Policy Working Group

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 ...

November 26, 2008

Linda Darling-Hammond's Ed Helpers

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 fr...

November 24, 2008

Melody Barnes Gets Key Domestic Policy Role

President-elect Obama has named Melody Barnes, the former general counsel to Sen. Ted Kennedy and the policy guru at the Center for American Progress, as the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. Her top priority will be health care, but she'll also work on education issues, according...

November 21, 2008

NCLB Foe as Ed Sec?

So over at Flypaper, Mike Petrilli is placing his Ed Sec bets on former presidential candidate and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. I seriously doubt it, for one reason: No one in the primary campaigned harder against NCLB than Richardson. He made it clear that he wanted to completely scrap the la...

November 20, 2008

Napolitano, an Education Advocate, to Homeland Security?

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, a Democrat who is an ardent advocate of K-12 and higher education—and their link to the broader economy and jobs—appears headed to a cabinet post with the Department of Homeland Security. This seems to put to rest any education secretary speculation. This would ...

November 19, 2008

Darling-Hammond's Transition Role is Official

The Obama transition finally confirmed the obvious: Linda Darling-Hammond is their key point person on education. In a press release just sent out, the Obama team announced that Darling-Hammond (who just three days ago told me she was "just an adviser") is the Policy Working Group Leader for educ...

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