It’s official (almost), Arne Duncan is your next Secretary of Education. Plenty will be written on that but the punchline is that it’s a good pick on several levels. Relevant Eduwonk Duncan flashback here.
In the meantime, interesting reform under-story: The announcement will come at one of the Academy for Urban School Leadership’s schools, the Dodge Renaissance Academy. Background on AUSL and why it matters in the intro (pp. 11) to this (pdf). More reform synergy? AUSL is also a testament to New Leaders for New Schools, (6 of its 11 principals and the co-founder and managing partner are NLNS) which is also described and discussed in the same publication (pdf).
Update: All your news links here. Update II: Don’t miss Carl Cannon’s take. Update III: The coveted Freakonomics endorsement! And, George “Disrupter” Miller gives bloggy approval and goes to the videotape! Update IV: The market approves!