Education Secretary-designate Arne Duncan has focused on boosting classroom technology and presided over the launch of a high school that replaces textbooks with web-based course curriculum during his seven years as Chicago Public Schools CEO.

On Dec. 16, President-elect Barack Obama chose Duncan, 44, who pushed for consistent improvement of struggling schools, closing those that fail and drawing occasional criticism from teacher unions. Obama highlighted Duncan's turnaround skills by choosing as the location for the selection announcement Chicago's Dodge Renaissance Academy, a school Duncan closed and then reopened.

Chicago is the third-largest school district in the country, behind New York City and


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