DUNCAN: Which Commencement Will The EdSec Attend?
There are lots of places that the EdSec might go and give a little commencement speech this month or next: Favorite Chicago charter schools or turnarounds. District of Columbia schools, charter or otherwise. Brand-name schools like the Harlem Children's Zone schools in New York, or a KIPP school. I'm sure that there's lots of behind the scenes lobbying going on around this.
In the end, however, the decision could likely be influenced by political necessities. For example, there's a junior senator from Colorado who could probably use some help getting re-elected. There's a mayor in New York City who is up for re-election and whose school reform efforts are under attack. Or it could be a matter of travel logistics and scheduling.
Perhaps it's wishful thinking -- a good scene for my book -- but my bet is that Duncan ends up going out to LA and doing the Locke High School commencement. It's newish, and non-ideological, and it's something that won't offend the teachers unions. But I don't have any real idea.
Where do you think that the Secretary is going to go?
A hundred Internets to the person (or persons) who get it right.