I'm off to do WBEZ (I think it's a call-in so feel free if they give you the chance), but will post more later. Here's some national media coverage to get you started:
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.
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."
“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."
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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