Arne Duncan, the head of the Chicago school system will be named Secretary of Education this week.
Seyward Darby at The New Republic notes that Duncan would be more daring than Darling-Hammond, but he’s not the heck-raiser that Michelle Rhee or Joe Klein would be:
It’s a relief for the education reform camp, which sees the appointment of one of its own as a heartening sign of Obama’s education priorities. But, while Duncan is a respected and aggressive change agent, he also appeals to the more traditional Democratic establishment and teachers’ unions.
What Duncan does has huge implications for our work, and for the future of our schools.
The Secretary of Education is 16th in line for Presidential Succession, and is responsible for overseeing the DOE and funding for initiatives like No Child Left Behind and Federal Student Loans.
Duncan has been supportive in the past of alternative certification, charter schools, and high-expectations/high-service interventions. Chicago is in better shape now than when he came on board. Let’s see what happens in Washington.