The Washington Post reports that U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan lobbied the new New York City mayor to not hire Montgomery Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr as the city’s next schools chancellor (see “U.S. education officials lobbied against Starr for New York City schools post“).

You can read more about Superintendent Starr’s views in a guest response he wrote last year for my Education Week Teacher column where he made the radical suggestions that superintendents should “connect, share” and “listen” to teachers.

It’s obvious why Secretary Duncan would fine those ideas so alarming.

Plus, as the Post reports:


It appears that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ultimate choice for Chancellor might work out fine but, jeez, can’t Duncan find something better to do?