Arne Duncan, the CEO of Chicago Public Schools, will be our nation’s next education secretary.
The New York Times says Duncan “represents a compromise choice in the debate that has divided Democrats in recent months over the proper course for public-school policy after the Bush years.”
Catalyst Chicago, which covers education reform in the Windy City, says improvements in the city’s public schools have been modest under Duncan’s leadership. A story published yesterday about Obama’s education pick reports:
Duncan’s oft-stated goal was to create the “best urban school district in the nation.” Yet here, as elsewhere, high schools have made little progress.
Judging by some of the posts on the Oakland Education Association’s listserv, however — and on this forum, by OEA executive board member Steve Neat — I gather that the choice wasn’t well received by the local union leadership.
Many of you have been following educational policies and politics for much longer than I have. What do you make of Obama’s pick and what do you hope he’ll be able to accomplish?