Here's a link to the abstract of the New Yorker profile
of Arne Duncan that's just out today. And here's the picture that
accompanies the piece, written by Carlos Rotella - a classmate of
Duncan's at the U of C Lab School.
By and large, it's the
Spellings treatment all over again. Homey details, celebrity
name-dropping, and lots of backstory about Duncan's childhood. There's
also the familiar effort to puff Duncan up over his "unprecedented"
budget and his buddy-buddy status with the POTUS, as well as the (to my
mind) overheated notion that we're on the verge of some great age of
Sure, there was lots of school reform
activity during 2009, and Duncan deserves credit for keeping the pot
simmering. But we're a long way from any real impact, and the Obama
administration is quickly turning away from serious issues with less
than universal appeal and pivoting towards the noncontroversial middle
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