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HOT...FOR EDUCATION: The Top Twenty For 2009

Charles best 2 Lindsay mask It's Wednesday afternoon.  It's snowing.  The stimulus excitement is over.  The economy still sucks.  There's at least another month of winter ahead of us.  And so, here they are, the 20 hottest education folks of 2009 -- an all-new set of education hotties from the worlds of journalism, philanthropy, policy, politics, practice, and even the classroom (sort of).

In no particular order, based on the best pics and advice available, with apologies in advance for any misidentifications (like last year's Heather Higginbottom fiasco).  Thanks to Facebook, this might be the hottest group ever.  But I'm sure I got some wrong.  Send pictures or links to back up your claims!  Thanks for all the input.  Sorry not to be able to include everyone's secret crushes objective recommendations.

Cory Booker, pro-voucher Democratic Mayor Newark (left)

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Russlynn Ali, USDE Civil Rights head

Russlyn ali 

Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade (sort of looks like the Fonz here)


Libby Quaid, AP education writer

Libby quaid ap reporter 

Joe Williams, head of Democrats For Education Reform

Joe williams 2

Jane Kim, SF Board member

Jane kim sf board 

Ron Huberman, new CEO of Chicago public schools


Laura LoGerfo, USDE

Laura logerfo  

Michael Bennet, newly minted Senator (D-CO) and former Denver superintendent

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 Melody Barnes, White House DPC


Peter Cunningham, Duncan communications czar

Peter 2 color  

Lindsey Mask, House Ed and Labor Republicans

Lindsay mask 

Chad Colby, former USDE


Rachel Racusen, House Ed Committee Dems

Rachel racusen 

Steve Sawchuck, Education Week

Steve sawchuck  

Seyward Darby, New Republic reporter-blogger

Seyward darby 

Dakarai Aarons, Education Writers Association Week
Dakarai aarons  

Dana Goldstein, American Prospect Magazine education writer and blogger


Charles Best, DonorsChoose founder

Charles best 2  

Hope Jacoby, accused of sleeping with students


Kevin Johnson Mayor of Sacramento (& charter school founder)

Kevin Johnson  


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And I was waiting for People's 50 most beautiful people.

Why are you trying to make me feel terribly old?

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