Arne Duncan, Chicago schools chief and Obama hoops pal, will be education secretary. A "compromise choice," I'm told, in the first battle for Obama's education soul. The National Education Association welcomes the appointment. The NEA also loathes Michelle Rhee's landmark initiative to dramatically hike teacher pay in exchange for tenure and other reforms, to me a kind of litmus test for whether you're serious about fixing schools. Does the NEA think it knows something that we don't?