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Teach for America Is the Raw Path Darling-Hammond Still Has to Walk

Recently we spoke on this post, about the pending decision of the President-elect of who will be nominated to Secretary of Education and how it was important to advocate for an educator and not any corporate manager involved with education.

The New York Times, today continues its scrutiny of the possible names to be picked by President Obama. This time Sad Dillon, stresses the uncertainty of such nominations, considering none of the two national teachers unions have endorsed a candidate yet.

In our first cited post, we talked about Linda-Darling Hammond's candidacy, but it seems, many are looking into the "controversial figure partly because of her longtime criticism of Teach for America and what we already told in that post, "Dr. Darling-Hammond, is influential, clever and an enemy of genuine reform."

From the Uncertainty on Obama Education Plans:

Will [Mr Obama] side with those who want to abolish teacher tenure and otherwise curb the power of teachers’ unions? Or with those who want to rewrite the main federal law on elementary and secondary education, the No Child Left Behind Act, and who say the best strategy is to help teachers become more qualified?

We still don't think should favor nobody that isn't working in the classroom. Though, Randi Weingarten, the American Federation of Teachers' president, has stepped up and said that Arne Duncan, "actually reaches out and tries to do things in a collaborative way.” Is this meant that this organization is dropping endorsement of Mrs. Hammond?

**Update** Weingarten wasn't so wrong, today (12/15/08) it has been learned through the New York Times that President-elect Obama, will make the official announcement tomorrow appointing for Education Secretary, the superintendent of schools in Chicago: Arne Dunkan.

Chester Finn, president of Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based, education think tank, offers his insight on the appointment. Listen podcast at NPR.

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