Huffpost Chicago

Barbara Eason-Watkins To Takeover CPS From Duncan: Report

Posted: Updated:

Barbara Eason-Watkins, chief education officer of the Chicago Public Schools, will succeed Arne Duncan as CEO of the Chicago school system, education watchdog Catalyst reports, citing "two sources close to the district's succession planning."

Duncan was announced as President-elect Barack Obama's education secretary Tuesday.

From Catalyst:

Eason-Watkins, who has been Duncan's chief education partner from the start of his administration, would not answer questions about a promotion. "Today is Arne Duncan's day," she said after the press conference.

Watkins spent much of her educational career as the principal of McCosh elementary in Woodlawn, where she developed a reputation as a no-nonsense but highly collaborative educational leader. Test scores and attendance climbed significantly during her tenure.

Click here to read a 2007 interview with Duncan and Eason-Watkins.

Get complete coverage of Barack Obama's cabinet choices here.