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Ohanian Comment: It's
business as usual in education. You can enter
Duncan's name into a search on this site. I
somehow don't have the energy to go into it
right now.

You can and should read Substance, the
only newspaper of the resistance, which covers
Duncan in full every month.


By Sam Dillon


President-elect Barack Obama will name Arne
Duncan, the superintendent of schools in
Chicago, to be his Secretary of Education, a
senior Democratic official and a second person
close to the decision said.

Mr. Duncan is a Harvard graduate whose
friendship with Mr. Obama began on the
basketball court and flowered into frequent
discussions of education policy.

He has seven years̢۪ experience as chief
executive of the Chicago Public Schools, the
nation̢۪s third-largest school district, where
he has earned a solid reputation for
confronting pressing issues in public
education, like how to raise teacher quality,
how to transform weak schools and when to
shutter those that are irredeemably failing.

Word of the selection comes as Mr. Obama̢۪s
transition team said Monday that he would make
an important announcement on Tuesday morning at
the Dodge Renaissance Academy, an elementary
school that Mr. Duncan and Mr. Obama visited
together in October 2005.

— Sam Dillon
New York Times

2008-12-15


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