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  •  I'm afraid to even read. (12+ / 0-)

    Honestly, he's terrible.

    I can only hope that he'll be pushing Obama's agenda and not his own and that Obama hired him to "manage" more than come up with policy ideas to implement.

    If this isn't the case, this has to be THE single worst decision Obama has made and I've told him so.

    I know we need some drastic changes within our education system, but this wasn't what I had in mind.

    •  nor did I - (11+ / 0-)

      many of us had hoped that someone from the other side of those to whom Obama was listening, perhaps Linda Darling-Hammond of Stanford, would get the position.  But there was concerted opposition to her from Teach from America alums and similar groups, and Obama has a strong personal relationship with Duncan from their days in Chicago.

      I fear because what I am already seeing.

      do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

      by teacherken on Thu Apr 16, 2009 at 06:41:02 AM PDT

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      •  Isn't she in more of a policy position (2+ / 0-)
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        rb137, ktward

        at this point?

        That's sort of what was keeping my hope alive...thinking that she would have input at that level and viewing Duncan as more of a manager.

        I really don't feel like it's an exaggeration to say that this has the potential to be Obama's biggest mistake.

        •  not involved with administration (4+ / 0-)
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          Elise, Ms Citizen, miss SPED, ktward

          back in CA at Stanford doing other things.

          There were other names floated, which did not get very far.  Michael Bennet who was appointed to the Senate to replace Salazar was floated (he headed Denver public schools).  From our side several state level commissioners, Doug Christensen from Nebraska (who told me he did not want to be considered) and Peter McWalter from RI, were names I heard.  Neither had any connection w/Obama.   Darling-Hammond had been a key adviser during the campaign and was also involved with the transition, which is why she became the focus.

          do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

          by teacherken on Thu Apr 16, 2009 at 06:57:44 AM PDT

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