(CNN) - A Democratic source confirms to CNN that President-elect Barack Obama's choice for secretary of education is Arne Duncan, the head of Chicago public schools.
Duncan, who like Obama is a graduate of Harvard University, has served as chief executive of Chicago's public schools since 2001. Chicago is the third largest school district in the country.
Obama and Duncan often play basketball together, and Duncan was one of those who played with the president-elect in a game on Election Day.
Now the republicans are going to file a lawsuit that alleges Duncan learned something from a different school (or maybe a stranger in a store even...or perhaps a book from a library...it could be ANYTHING for all we know) during one of his summers off and as such isn't truly a Harvard Grad!
This is going to be a really rough battle to win in court...because who knows, he may really have learned alot! He might be a good choice and that is NEVER good news if you are a republican!
He was alive when Clinton was in office.....
GREAT!!! Another Clinton alumni!
There seems to be a trend of Chicago officials heading to Washington and I do not like it one bit.
I wanna see the whole Obama cabinet play basketball. That would be sooo funny!!!
And the republicans bashing our next president begins now. We finally have an intelligent person and the idiots want to tear him down. Shame Shame.
I'm quite surprised at this pick for Education Secretary. Regardless of Duncan being a Harvard Graduate, Chicago Public School system is still one of the WORST in the country. This doesn't say much about Obama's pick for Education Secretary....
"Oh, there are lots of challenges and, obviously, huge opportunities," Duncan said. "I think there's a huge amount of work that has to go on on the early childhood side. There's a huge amount you've got to do in the K to 12 sector. And higher ed, particularly the student loans, presents some huge, huge challenges."
,,,Let's hope that someone in this position will be able to help students expand their vocabulary to include more descriptive words other than "huge".
Because Chicago's public schools are the model that the we should strive for???
It's time for some "huge" changes in our education. Hope he's up to the task.
Another Bill Ayers crony no doubt. Troublesome.
No surprise – a politician chooses his buddy!
Now there's change you can COUNT on!
oh give obama the ball already! let's get in the game!
Barack might get more then a shoe thrown at him. a president job is not easy and you can't please everyone.
I really like the choices Obama is making for his Cabinet. This one has to be one of the best ones so far. I just turned 18 today, and I am a Senior in High School. I may be one of the rare ones, but I value the importance of a affordable and well organized education system. This guy, after doing some research about him on the internet, is one of the best choices for education. I really do have confidence in Obama and in Arne Duncan. Together, he, Obama, and the rest of Obama's team, will put America back together. Not only those people, but you can bring America back together. Remember this famous quote: "Do not wonder what this country can do for you, but what for you can do for your country." A good education system can lead anyone to make a difference for this world for the better. God bless the USA and the world.
This is an excellent choice!
So far, Barack Obama has made wise choices... he's a very smart man and it shows.
Can it be that basketball is the new golf? .... Finally no more plaid pants!!
Can't wait to hear the whining on this one. Yep guys, Obama gave Duncan the position because he let him win at HORSE. There's your quid pro quo. Have a field day with it.
Are you posting just to hear yourself talk? Do you think it makes you famous? How about getting a job instead?
Anything is better than the feces the spiteful, bitter GOP monkeys have been throwing.
@ Cultural Advantages revealled
True enough...plaid pants are awful...I'm just not sure pants that aren't pulled up all the way is the change we need haha
Another smart pick. Great choice O.
More new faces are coming except GATES who still a Bush-man!
Let's see.... smart AND he plays basketball..... ? *LOL*
I know there must be something we can complain about.... is he bow legged.... Wait... hold on..... was he secretly educated in RUSSIA? :)
ALL THESE APPOINTMENTS ARE SO CRITICAL. BUT
IF I HAD TO PICK THE MOST CRITICAL , IT WOULD HAVE
TO BE DUNCAN, THE SECRETARY OF EDUCATION.
WE ARE SO FAR BEHIND, IT'S NOT EVEN FUNNY.
GOOD COMMENTS "Red, Red WHINE !!
Why do some people complain 2 much! Bite Bush not Obama. He is doing his best, stop aready!