"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Thursday, December 04, 2008

From Margaret Spellings to Arne Duncan?

The only thing worse for American public education would be if Margaret Spellings stayed on for another 4 years:
WASHINGTON (AP) — A potential education secretary, Chicago schools chief Arne Duncan, visited the Education Department Thursday morning on what he said was a purely social call.

Duncan chatted over coffee with outgoing Education Secretary Margaret Spellings. He said the visit had nothing to do with the possibility of being chosen to serve in President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet. Duncan is among a handful of names mentioned as likely candidates for the education post.

"I was just meeting with Secretary Spellings; we're hoping she comes to Chicago next week to talk about some of the work that she supports in Chicago," Duncan said in a brief interview with The Associated Press. . . .

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