If President Obama wants to achieve his goal of returning the United States to its former place atop all countries in higher education attainment by 2020, he is going to need the help of for-profit universities like the University of Phoenix, Kaplan, Corinthian and DeVry, as his own Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, said recently.
An unidentified hedge fund manager (though according to Mr. Eisman, not him) hired Johnette McConnell Early to encourage federal regulation of for-profit education by sending Education Secretary Arne Duncan a letter signed by 19 executives of homeless shelters and service agencies expressing the concern that "for-profit trade schools and career colleges are systematically preying upon our clients," and pledging support for tighter regulation.
In education circles, however, there's no hotter topic than who is going to be the next Secretary of Education -- and if it's going to be Linda Darling-Hammond, a Stanford professor known for her focus on teacher quality and her early opposition to the popular teacher recruitment program called Teach For America.
Duncan, a basketball buddy of Obama's, has been called a "budding hero in the education business" by Bush's former Education secretary, Rod Paige.
But in terms of reforming education, the nation's public schools, can this president-elect and the incoming Education secretary do it without antagonizing and going to war, at times, with the teachers 'unions?