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Hunt and Powell out as Secretary of Education?

Amid speculation that Hillary Clinton and Bill Richardson are on Obama’s shortlist for Secretary of State, news about who will be the next Secretary of Education has taken a back seat.  Still, a few updates:  

First, Jim Hunt, former North Carolina governor declared last week that he is out of the running.  From Hunt, who has worked on education issues across the board from early childhood to the college level:

“I just spent several days with the top Obama people,” Hunt said. “Many encouraged me to do it. I told them I would not go to Washington.”

Additionally, Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist Clarence Page showed skepticism about the Colin Powell speculation:

As for Gen. Colin Powell, who served as President Bush’s first secretary of state, Page said the speculation of Powell being appointed secretary of education was “wishful thinking,” even though he thinks Powell would do a great job.

Stay tuned.

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