After eight years of policy that has left too many children -- especially LGBT children -- behind, a Duncan era could signal the first real opportunity for concerned parents to have a seat at the table.
Like Bush's Education Secretary pick Rod Paige, Arne Duncan comes from a big city with a success story that the national press failed to figure out was mostly a mirage.
In a transition that has overall gone relatively smoothly, the still-incomplete process of picking an Education Secretary... as turned a prolonged, openly antagonistic debacle.
It is a testament to the Bush administration's incompetence that, over the span of just eight years, it has transformed the EPA, once the gatekeeper of the nation's environmental policies, into a shadow of its former self.
News of a possible Salazar appointment will likely stir continued discussion that about the "Clintonization" of the Obama cabinet.
As President-elect Obama prepares for the presidency, his attention necessarily is occupied by the deteriorating economy and the ongoing wars in Iraq ...
Calling Darling-Hammond a defender of the status quo is like calling Lincoln a defender of slavery because he wasn't as absolute in opposition as were some on his team of rivals.
Browner was an inspiring leader and an aggressive regulator who took seriously her responsibility as head of the Clinton EPA to enforce the nation's environmental laws.
Barack Obama will be the first community organizer sworn into our nation's highest office--the dramatic result of an unprecedented level of grassroots...
This week in 1992, when Bill Clinton was the President-elect, environmentalists and the Clinton transition team were in the early stages of conversations about key appointees.
You'd better watch out/ And heed what I say/You'd better protect your 401(k)/Nasty times are coming to town.
Now is the time for Obama to turn rhetoric into action by nominating for Education Secretary someone committed to carrying out real reform that extends down to every classroom in America.
You'd think the studious Senator from Illinois would avoid repeating the Bush regime's horror show of unqualified appointments, of picking politicos over professionals. But here we go again.
Bush's cabinets were an array of lobbyists, partisan hardliners, and warmongers. There was no one to expand ideas or bring a different perspective, just a bunch of yes men.
As Barack Obama goes about forming a cabinet, cries have gone up that Obama is committing some kind of sin by appointing a number of people who worked in the Clinton Administration.
When Obama promised change, he wasn't talking about plucking amateurs from outside government. He was talking about a change from incompetence and stagnation to competence and progress.