Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Will Step Down in December

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Will Step Down in December


As reported by Associated Press, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, 50, will be leaving the position in December.  He is the second longest-serving cabinet member in the Obama Administration.  Deputy Education Secretary John King is expected to become the acting Secretary of Education.

Duncan’s tenure has been an event-filled one.  Duncan, who was not an educator with a long background of teaching or administration in the education field, was focused on reform.  That sometimes caused controversy.  Issues around the handling of Parent PLUS and Historically Black Colleges and Universities were a problem.  Issues around school testing were huge during Duncan’s tenure as was school privatization.

Duncan also focused on the school-to-prison pipeline and the high school dropout rate.  Dropout rates greatly improved under Duncan’t tenure.

This week, Duncan spoke at the National Press Club about the need to spend more resources in schools rather than prisons.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke