Unions, "reform advocates" differ in choice for Education Secretary

12/8/2008 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

The first clear sign of President-elect Barack Obama's education policy goals could be his pick for Secretary of Education, but officials with the country's teachers unions and reform groups say it will be impossible to make a pick that pleases both sides. Teachers unions favor someone on the side of teachers, like Linda Darling-Hammond, a Stanford University professor and Obama adviser, or Inez Tenenbaum, the former South Carolina schools chief, but "reform advocates" would prefer a cabinet member like Joel Klein, the New York schools chancellor.

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