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Andrew Rotherham: Five Lessons from Duncan's Departure

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SO, YOU WANT TO KNOW WHERE OBAMA STANDS ON EDUCATION: Andrew Rotherham is an insider inside the deepest realms of the Beltway,a'reformer' who supports charters, and the whole CORPORATE REFORM agenda. He  offers especially informative "takeaways" from Duncan's departure. 1- The president's choice of John King* to oversee the department after Duncan is a signal he's not that concerned with education politics at this point.To the right, King is a lightning rod because of his support for Common Core standards and his leadership implementing them in New York. To the left, he's a flashpoint because of his support for teacher evaluations and no-nonsense championing of high expectations for low-income students and real accountability for the schools that serve them.Teachers unions and some conservatives have been calling on Duncan to resign – this is not what they had in mind.

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