Yesterday, President-elect Barack Obama announced that Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan will serve as the next Secretary of Education. His appointment has been well received by members of congress and union leaders alike. Unsurprisingly, the blogging world has started weighing in as well. More Humbly Did I Teach is pleased with Obama’s pick.
I couldn't be happier. I've had my eye on this guy for years, particularly because the Chicago Public Schools has really done some innovative things, particularly his use of The International Baccalaureate as a way to increase student achievement in urban schools.
If I were ever to leave Baltimore City Public Schools, it's Chicago Public Schools where I would probably look first, for the things I've heard this guy implementing in that system. From the outside, it's not Michelle Rhee-style union-busting and scare tactics, but a real commitment to teacher and learning quality.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Blogboard blog.