Seen any education jobseekers wandering around DC the past few days, having lunch or dropping by for informal visits?
There's gotta be more Chicago folks wanting to come to DC now that Mayor Daley has named 37 year old Ron Huberman as the new head of CPS. Chicago names to think about include John Easton, Tim Knowles, Xavier Botana, Mike Lach, Janet Knupp. And if Duncan likes his former CAO (Barbara Eason Watkins) as much as people say, maybe he'll offer her a job in DC, too.
Still no word about Jon Schnur as chief of staff, though I did hear that he told New Leaders he'd only go to DC if they offered him a Cabinet position.Yikes. It's hard to imagine Duncan and Cunningham shooting the breeze with Schnur. Plus which, Schnur's reputation as a manager is spotty (lots of turnover at New Leaders). Still the Obama folks may insist on giving him something. Doesn't have to be chief of staff, right?
Linda Darling-Hammond won't return my calls so maybe she's still in the running - or cooling her heels after the rough treatment she's gotten (given?). Funny how the two names that have been floated and then trashed in education these past few weeks have belonged to African American women (LDH and BEW).
The way Eduwonk is winding down, I'm expecting a "goodby blogosphere, thanks for all the notoriety" announcement from Andy Rotherham any day now. Deputy seems to big, though I'm guessing he wants more than head of OII (if only in order to be able to lord it over Petrilli).
Those rumors about Wendy Kopp coming down from DC to work for the Obama administration seem to have been just as short-lived as they seemed unlikely. However, I can imagine some of the DOE braniacs wanting to come down and have some fun -- Chris Cerf and Garth Harries types. If you see them wandering around Maryland Avenue, let me know.
Last but not least, don't leave out the recently-departed / former Hill veterans who are likely in the mix. This includes Charlie Barone and Michael Dannenberg (Miller and Pell/Kennedy). Missy Rohrbach and Carmel Martin from Kennedy's office. MaryEllen McGuire from Dodd (now at New America). Hell, some current staffers -- Alex Nock? -- might want a shot at an Obama education job. Not that any of them would admit it until it was (or wasn't) a done deal.