Here are a few good reasons to be psyched:
(1) Chicago Public Schools has a Department of Postsecondary Education. Yes, seriously. It was created in 2003 and Arne appointed a very smart man -- Greg Darnieder -- to lead it, and it's enjoyed plenty of success.
(2) He listens to researchers and benefits from their work. Witness his relationship with the Consortium for Chicago School Research.
(3) He recognizes talent. See above, the hire of Greg Darnieder, among others.
(4) CPS's High School Transformation and establishment of Avid programs.
An Ed leader who is focused on helping more schools create meaningful pathways to college for more kids ... imagine that.