President-elect Barack Obama says Arne Duncan's ability to reform pragmatically by building consensus makes him an ideal U.S. Education Secretary. "For years, we have talked our education problems to death in Washington, but failed to act, stuck in the same tired debates that have stymied our progress and left schools and parents to fend for themselves," Obama said. "Democrat versus Republican; vouchers versus the status quo; more money versus more reform -- all along failing to acknowledge that both sides have good ideas and good intentions."

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