The news that the education world has been waiting for has broken! President-elect Obama has named Arne Duncan, the superintendent in Chicago Public Schools, as the next Education Secretary — and BoardBuzz is delighted. After weeks of speculation, the choice was out last night and will be announced formally this morning at a news conference in Chicago.
NSBA issued a statement on the choice, with Executive Director Anne Bryant saying,
We hope that Arne Duncan departs from the “top-down approach” that has been the norm for the past decade, and instead sustains a culture of partnership and support for states, as well as local school districts. We believe a new federal role should “facilitate, not dictate.” Duncan and the Chicago Board of Education have demonstrated that innovation can flourish when the school district puts student achievement first.Duncan represents a realistic view about what is possible in our schools and what will lead them into the future.
We are familiar with his accomplishments leading the Chicago Public Schools, a member of our Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE). With a solid background in public education and a commitment to improving teacher quality, Arne Duncan is a natural choice to support Obama’s goals of increasing school funding, creating assessments that accurately measure student achievement, and recruiting, retaining, and rewarding effective teachers.
You can read the full statement here. Also be sure to check out NSBA’s recommendations for President-elect Obama and his team for A New Era in Education. For more on Duncan, check out this article in the Washington Post.