Profile of Arne Duncan
A nice profile of Arne Duncan on the front page of yesterday's WSJ.
The 48-year-old education chief has been more successful at bridging the political divide than perhaps any other member of President Barack Obama's cabinet, even more in his dealings with governors than with Congress. He has prodded more than 40 states to adopt higher academic standards, cutting deals with Republican as well as Democratic governors.
That is partly because some of his ideas, such as holding teachers more accountable for student performance, appeal to conservatives. Another reason is that he has enlisted the business community to lend support and political cover. The biggest factor is something his predecessors never had: a big pot of federal economic-stimulus money to dole out to states who sign on to his approach.