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Obama names Chicago school chief to Education Dept.

Associated Press

CHICAGO – President-elect Barack Obama announced Arne Duncan, the head of the Chicago school system, as education secretary Tuesday and declared that failing to improve classroom instruction is “morally unacceptable for our children.”

“When it comes to school reform, Arne is the most hands-on of hands-on practitioners,” Obama said, making the announcement at a school that he said has made remarkable progress under Duncan’s leadership.

“He’s not beholden to any one ideology, and he’s worked tirelessly to improve teacher quality,” Obama said.

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December 16, 2008 Posted by | Education | , , , | 1 Comment