By Michele McNeil
On its front page today, the Washington Post reported on how U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and his top Education Department deputy lobbied newly elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to not pick Joshua Starr, the superintendent in Montgomery County, Md., as the city’s new schools chancellor.
Veteran educator Carmen Fariña was the pick.
Statements from Education Department officials in the Post’s story didn’t really confirm or deny the specific account. (And when I talked to them today, both spokesman Massie Ritsch and acting deputy secretary Jim Shelton said they didn’t want to say anything more. Same for Starr spokesman Dana Tofig.)