Saturday, December 6, 2008

Obama Education Secretary: History Of Success Or Chicago Public Schools?

Howard Fineman: Will Obama move beyond brand names, and pick from the field?

Inez Moore Tenenbaum is a little slip of a lady, with porcelain skin and a smile as sweet as ice tea on a sunny Southern porch.

But looks are deceiving. She has a blowtorch will to win and more organizational drive than almost anyone else in her home state of South Carolina, where she served as a very successful—and very popular—elected superintendent of education from 1999 to 2007.

It was a lucky day for Barack Obama when, two years ago, Tenenbaum became the first major Democrat in South Carolina to endorse him for president. She was taking a big risk at the time.

I could be wrong, but I'll be surprised if she gets it. The smarter money is on Obama's Harvard-educated, basketball playing friend, Arne Duncan, who runs the Chicago Public Schools;

Great Schools rating of Chicago Public Schools: 3 out of 10
This would indeed be the "promotion of incompetence" to the national level

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