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WASHINGTON--Another Chicagoan, attorney Charles P. Rose, a partner at Franczek Radelet & Rose is joining the Obama administration. Rose will be nominated by President Obama to serve as General Counsel for the Department of Education. Rose has worked with Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the former Chicago Public Schools.

below, two releases..

Franczek Radelet & Rose Founding Partner Charles P. Rose to be Nominated as
General Counsel to U.S. Department of Education

CHICAGO - Charles P. Rose, a founding partner of the Chicago labor, employment and education law firm Franczek Radelet & Rose will be nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Education.

The appointment, announced today by President Obama, is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

"I want to thank Charlie's partners at Franczek Radelet & Rose for recognizing the importance of his service to the U.S. Department of Education and the nation at this critical moment in our history," said U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. "I also want to express my appreciation to the entire firm for its outstanding service to the Chicago Public Schools during my time as chief executive officer and for its contributions to the advancement of public education."

Rose, 51, has advised school districts, municipalities and public employers across Illinois on labor relations and collective bargaining matters.

"This is an enormous honor both for Charlie and for our firm. We are extremely proud to have our partner chosen to work side-by-side with President Obama and Secretary Duncan to help make our education system the best in the world," said James C. Franczek, Jr., founding partner and president of Franczek Radelet & Rose.

"This is a wonderful tribute to Charlie, but it also is a tribute to the work of the more than 50 attorneys at our firm, especially those in our education and municipal practices," Franczek said. "We congratulate Charlie on this prestigious appointment, and we know that if confirmed, he will serve the country well at this time of unprecedented federal investment in education."

Franczek Radelet & Rose, established in 1994, is one of the nation's largest single-office practices focusing on labor and employment law, education law and employee benefits. It represents both public sector and corporate clients, including Fortune 100 companies around the country and some of the nation's largest public sector entities, including the City of Chicago, the Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Park District and the Illinois State Board of Education.

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The official White House press release is attached to this email.

President Obama Announces More Key Appointments


Office of the Press Secretary



February 27, 2009

President Obama Announces More Key Appointments

WASHINGTON - Today, President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals for key administration posts: Jon Leibowitz, Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission; Charlie Rose, General Counsel at the Department of Education; and Roy Keinitz, Under Secretary for Policy at the Department of Transportation.

President Obama said, "It gives me great confidence to announce the addition of such distinguished individuals to my administration, and I am grateful that they will be dedicating their considerable talents to serving the American people. I look forward to working with each of them as we steer America toward a new era of prosperity and security."

President Obama announced his intent to nominate the follow individuals today:

Jon Leibowitz, Nominee for Chairman of Federal Trade Commission

Jon Leibowitz is currently the only Democratic Commissioner on the FTC. He was sworn in as FTC Commissioner on September 3, 2004. In joining the Commission, Leibowitz resumed a long career of public service. He was the Democratic chief counsel and staff director for the U.S. Senate Antitrust Subcommittee from 1997 to 2000, where he focused on competition policy and telecommunications matters. He served as chief counsel and staff director for the Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism and Technology from 1995 to 1996 and the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Justice from 1991 to 1994. In addition, he served as chief counsel to Senator Herb Kohl from 1989 to 2000. Leibowitz worked for Senator Paul Simon from 1986 to 1987. In the private sector, Leibowitz served most recently as vice president for congressional affairs for the Motion Picture Association of America - from 2000 to 2004 - and worked as an attorney in private practice in Washington from 1984 to 1986. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a B.A. in American History (1980), Leibowitz graduated from the New York University School of Law in 1984. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, and has co-authored amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court on issues ranging from gun control to the census.

Roy Kienitz, Nominee for Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, Department of Transportation

Roy Kienitz is currently the Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Rendell. Roy has been a leader on Gov. Rendell's staff for Transportation, Alternative Energy, and Environment initiatives since 2003. As part of Gov. Rendell's staff Kienitz directed a number of major capital projects including the PA Convention Center expansion, Pittsburgh sports arena and the Port of Philadelphia. Prior to his time in Pennsylvania, Kienitz served as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning where he implemented state's Smart Growth policies. Kienitz advocated has also served as the Executive Director to the Surface Transportation Policy Project where he was a strong advocate for innovation in transportation policy. Kienitz's prior experience also includes working for Former Senator Moynihan as Chief of Staff and the U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works Committee. Kienitz has received various awards including the Special Recognition Award from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior for work promoting new transportation strategies for National Parks. Originally from California, Kienitz earned his bachelor's degree in Aquatic Biology from the University of California in 1983.

Charlie Rose, Nominee for General Counsel, Department of Education

Charlie Rose is a founding partner and corporate secretary of Franczek, Radelet & Rose in Chicago where he specializes in representing school districts, municipalities and other public organizations in labor relations, collective bargaining and education law. He has served as the lead negotiator on collective bargaining agreements for many organizations including Chicago Public Schools, the City of Chicago, the Chicago Park District and the Illinois State Board of Education. Rose is a member of the National Council of School Attorneys and was elected a Fellow of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers in 2008. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of Advance Illinois and also serves on the Chicago Advisory Board of Facing History and Ourselves. Additionally, he was one of the first members of the Advisory Board of the National College of Education at National-Louis University. In 2006 he received the "Vision in Education Award" from ED-RED recognizing him for his leadership on education reform. Rose has been an Adjunct Lecturer of Labor Arbitration and Collective Bargaining at DePaul University College of Law and an Adjunct Professor of School Law at Northeastern Illinois University. Rose graduated from Villanova University in 1979 with his B.A. in Economics. He received his J.D. from DePaul University in 1982.


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Greg Palast: Obama Slam-Duncans Education Message List
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Re: More On Education Secy Duncan - Not Looking Good for IDEA

More from the same blog in a comment:

You're right and you're wrong, but at least you're adding a footnote
to the indictment against Arne Duncan (and the list of reasons why he
should be laughed off the list of people under consideration for
Secretary of Education). Duncan has been a major supporter of
increased racial segregation and massive violations of the IDEA.

Read on...

Kugler's posting of the most recent Corey H decision (not reported,
by the way, in any of the Chicago media, including Catalyst) should
add another reminder as to why Arne Duncan should not be on Barack
Obama's list of people for U.S. Secretary of Education. Duncan now
has the most consistent (and expensive) record of violating the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of any school
chief in the United States of America at any time in history. As we
depicted in the cartoon (showing Arne and Mayor Daley pushing people
in wheelchairs off a cliff in order to solve a non-existent
budget "deficit") three years ago (after Duncan cut special education
staff at CPS behind claims of a phony budget "deficit"), Duncan has
been abusing cripples, not just warehousing or ignoring them. And
every time the case goes to court, the cynical policies and practices
of the Duncan administration go on display.

Any one of those charges about CPS practices regarding special
education could wind up as both a grievance and a message to the
Corey H monitor. But somebody has to be willing to detail them and
not hide from the issue. In real time and in real courts, "Annie
Sullivan" has to have a real name and address before she can take the
witness stand. So anonymous and blogging aren't going to solve one
problems, either for disabled children or the teachers who are being
forced to lie, cheat and steal from those disabled children by CPS.

You've got to take a stand, just as the historical "Annie Sullivan"
and her client did.

We'll publish anything that comes out from a real person, as we've
once again proved with our December story about the predations of
principal Katherine Kennedy Kartheiser of Chicago's Coonley (some of
which involves significant violations of the IDEA as well as age
discrimination and the usual bureaucratic stupidities).

Corey H is only as strong as the people who bring evidence from
within CPS to show that the violations of the IDEA continue.

CPS spent more than a half million dollars on lawyers (the outside
firm of Dykema Gosset plus their own lawyers) trying to get out from
under Corey H over the past 18 months and, as Kugler's posting of the
court decision shows, failed until at least September 2010.

However, the fact that nobody has brought these things out clearly at
Board meetings (not only IDEA violations, which parents often bring
to the Board, but also the obscene costs of sustaining litigation to
allow CPS unlimited ability to violate the IDEA and the rights of
disabled children) shows that many many teachers are going to have to
rethink where and when they can continue to hang their consciences at
the school house door while these things are taking place within
their schools.

The vicious (and ageist) attacks on special education teachers are
not just happening at Coonley, as you know.

So when do people come out of the closet and document reality?

The Duncan administration has been spending millions of dollars to
continue violating the IDEA.

One of the reasons Arne Duncan shouldn't even be considered for U.S.
Secretary of Education is his completely ugly (and expensive) record
in violation of the rights of the "least of our brethren" -- and the
IDEA -- since he took over CPS in July 2001. There is probably not a
record in the USA comparable to Duncan's seven-year policy level
violations of the IDEA.

But Arne Duncan gets away with violating the rights of crippled
children in part because teachers don't bring the facts out in
public, through the grievance procedure (grievances on "policies and
practices" -- article 3; and federal law violations article 2) and
also through public forums (from publication in Substance to speaking
out at CPS meetings).

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