Obama Picks Duncan for Education Secretary

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2008 6:49 PM CST
Chicago school chief Arne Duncan addresses students gathered for an anti-violence rally in the Loop April 1, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama has chosen Chicago schools reformer Arne Duncan for secretary of education, the Wall Street Journal reports. During his 7 years as Chicago schools chief, Duncan has been known for hiring new teachers and closing struggling schools without alienating unions. He is also friendly with Obama and plays pick-up basketball with him. Obama plans to announce the decision at a news conference tomorrow.