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Tonight: Linda Darling-Hammond is in New York to talk plans

Now that Barack Obama has been president for more than a day, it’s a good time to ask once again what his deal will be on education.

Fortunately, I have a wonderful opportunity to do that tonight, at a panel discussion Bank Street College of Education is putting on. The talk, titled “School Reform: Where have we been and where should we be going?” will feature Linda Darling-Hammond, the lightning rod Stanford professor who advised the new president on education during his campaign.

Given the latest flurry of concern about who’s going to staff the U.S. Department of Education (the going rumor is that Wendy Kopp is being considered for a top spot beneath Arne Duncan), it’ll be particularly interesting to see what Darling-Hammond has to say tonight. So interesting, in fact, that there are absolutely no available tickets for the talk. This may be a first for an education event on a weekday night.

The other panelists are Tom Payzant of Harvard and formerly the Boston public schools; Louis Delgado, a New York City principal, and Alec Gershberg, a professor at the New School.

Please send me questions you’d like me to ask via e-mail, because I need to leave now.

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