School leaders soon could have another ally in Congress: Michael Bennet, superintendent of the Denver Public Schools, was named Jan. 3 by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter as his choice to fill the remaining two years of the Senate term of Democratic Sen. Ken Salazar, who is awaiting confirmation as interior secretary for President-elect Barack Obama.

Described as a whip-smart lawyer who has turned successively to the worlds of business and education, Bennet likely won't have much trouble adjusting to the biggest promotion of his life: to U.S. senator. That's what colleagues, at least, are saying about the Yale-educated lawyer, a quick


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