WASHINGTON (AP) - Sources say President-elect Barack Obama
intends to name Chicago schools chief Arne Duncan to be education
He's run the country's third-biggest school district since 2001,
pushing to boost teacher quality and to improve struggling schools
and closing those that fail. Student test scores have risen
significantly during Duncan's tenure.
Duncan's nomination will please reform advocates who wanted a
big-city schools chief who has sought to hold schools and teachers
accountable for student performance.
Duncan has played pickup basketball with Obama since the 1990s.
He co-captained the Harvard basketball team and played
professionally in Australia.
The announcement is expected this morning at Dodge Renaissance
Academy, which Duncan had shut and then reopened.