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NEWS: Big [Duncan Love-Fest] Stories Of The Day

Duncan_540Education Secretary To Be Named Tuesday NPR
Reform advocates wanted a big-city school superintendent who, like Duncan, has sought accountability for schools and teachers. And teachers' unions, an influential segment of the party base, wanted an advocate for their members; they have said they believe Duncan is willing to work with them.

Next Education Secretary Set to Bridge Teachers Unions, Civil Rights Groups Wash Post
There has been some resistance, for instance, to the city's move to shutter some of its lowest-performing schools and reopen them with new staffs. But he also has a reputation as an approachable, even humble, leader. In October, he choked up as he turned down an award given to him by an anti-gun group, saying too many Chicago students had been killed and he had "not earned it."

Schools Chief From Chicago Is Obama’s Choice for Education NYT
“Obama found the sweet spot with Arne Duncan,” said Susan Traiman, director of educational policy at the Business Roundtable. “Both camps will be O.K. with the pick!”

Obama to name Duncan education sec. Chicago Tribune
"He has the brains, courage, creativity and temperament for the job," said former Chicago schools chief Paul Vallas, who hired Duncan as his deputy chief of staff in 1998. "And he's very close to the president[-elect], which is an important thing, too."

Obama to tap Chicago schools chief for Education post USA Today
Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., who chairs the House Education Committee, called Duncan "an experienced and accomplished leader."

Duncan has big job ahead Sun Times
Duncan stumbled while launching the program, dubbed Renaissance 2010. As he closed failing schools, students were dispersed temporarily to other schools for a year or more, stigmatizing many of those kids and leading to a spike in violence at some receiving high schools. Parents, advocates and kids rightly complained and, ultimately, Duncan took heed.


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