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Margaret “the enforcer” Spellings, GW’s EdSec, endorsed Chicago’s own Arne Duncan to be her replacement.
Chicago Schools CEO Arne Duncan is a “visionary” school leader who would make a “great choice” as the new U.S. Education Secretary, incumbent Secretary Margaret Spellings said Thursday.
Joking that she doesn’t want to “hurt his chances,” Spellings nevertheless put in a plug for Duncan during a trip to Chicago to help Mayor Daley dole out $350,000 in merit pay to outstanding teachers and school employees.
“He’s a terrific school leader. I consider him a fellow reformer and someone who cares deeply about students. He’d be a great choice,” Spellings said during a news conference at Westcott Elementary School, 409 W. 80th St.
Pressed on what makes Duncan special, Spellings said, “You all know. I mean—you live here with the guy, for goodness sake. He’s a visionary leader. He’s a guy who looks at results. He cares a lot about kids. He’s focused and on point. He has a lot of support from this community.”
He has a lot of support form this community? Really? Where’s the data.