Wednesday, November 5, 2008

More speculation on Obama's education secretary

Some speculation seems far out. Caroline Kennedy's name has been mentioned (alhtough more frequently as ambassador to the United Nations). So has Colin Powell's.

Michelle Rhee's name has been dropped. Katherine Sebelius, governor of Kansas, is mentioned not only for education secretary but possibly Commerce or Health and Human Services.

But David Hoff of Education Week believed Oct. 22 all speculation is premature. He points out that such decisions are weighed for balance -- Obama won't want to appoint too many governors or Chicagoans, for instance.

Hoff's colleague, Michele McNeil, who also has blogged for us, says some of his education advisers have been assigned to Obama's transition team. Among them are some of the people whose names have cropped up as possible nominees. The big one: Arizona Gov. Jane Napolitano, whose name has dropped as a candidate for attorney general or education secretary.

More interesting speculation...

on Obama's pick for secretary of education is found here in the Chronicle of Higher Education. I note that the Washington Post this morning settled on just one name from this list, New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein. That would be both radical and interesting.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The most comprehensive list of possible ed secretaries ever...

is offered up here by insidehighered. A less conventional bid for the job is found here.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Jay Mathews lays out the education realities

Post columnist does a nice job here laying out where the next President will take education. I think he's right. I might have put a little more emphasis on preschool and charter schools and less emphasis on reviving NCLB. I'm guessing flat federal budgets for education, which will force everyone to sharpen priorities.