Alexander Russo smartly picks up this screen shot from the C-SPAN video of Arne Duncan’s confirmation hearing. That’s Jon Schnur right behind him, on our left of the screen. (He’s the smiling gray-haired guy.)
Schnur, you remember, is our poster boy for the next-generation reform movement of which Joel Klein is one important part. For a long time we couldn’t come up with a name for them, but then we landed on idealocrats, which, the more I think about it, the more I decide is so perfect. Another unclear thing was whether President Obama sided with this crowd or not. Sitting within whisper-distance of Obama’s chosen education secretary is strong evidence in the “yes” direction.