Linda Darling-Hammond to Head Biden’s Education Transition Team
California’s own Linda Darling-Hammond has been selected to guide education policy for President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team. Darling-Hammond, who currently serves as president of the State Board of Education, also led the education transition team for Barack Obama’s administration.
There are a total of 20 members working on Biden’s education transition, the Los Angeles Times reports. Four of them are from the two national teachers unions. Darling-Hammond is expected to “emphasize support for teachers and traditional public schools.”
Darling-Hammond began her career as a public school teacher. She later co-founded both a preschool and a public high school. She has served as Director of the RAND Corporation’s education program and as an endowed professor at Columbia University, Teachers College. From 1994–2001, she led the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future. Today, she is a Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University. She is also the founder of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education.