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Federal Eye: Eye Opener: Dec. 30, 2008

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• Chicago Schools a U.S. Model?: Barack Obama’s pick for education secretary, Arne Duncan will bring his experience as Chicago schools chief to Washington in the coming weeks. “Officials [in Chicago] court new charter schools, teacher training is being reinvented, and some low-performing schools have been shuttered and reopened with new staff,” reports The Post’s education reporter Maria Glod. “Officials are also offering some students cash for good grades and seeking proposals for boarding schools. In addition, Duncan backed a plan to start a gay-friendly high school. For the most part, the changes came with little organized opposition, except for some skirmishes with the teachers union.” Glod also reports that “Duncan, appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley in 2001, has shown unusual longevity for a big-city school leader, cultivating ties with unions, nonprofit groups and other stakeholders.” Can he do the same in Washington?

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