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Obama Taps Duncan as Education Secretary

Thomas Dixon
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Dec 16, 2008

Speaking in the American flag-adorned gym of Chicago’s Dodge Renaissance Academy, a public elementary school, President-elect Barack Obama named Arne Duncan as his secretary of education this morning.

Duncan (his first name is pronounced AR-nee), the CEO of the Chicago public school system, has a reputation as a consensus builder, having won friends in both the union and reformist camps. In nominating him, Obama emphasized that “he is not beholden to any one ideology.” It is unclear what approach he will take to divisive issues such as tenure reform.

Duncan highlighted the responsibility that will come with his new position. “No issue is more pressing than education,” he stressed. “It is the civil rights issue of our generation.”

Obama likewise pressed the need for significant change in the country’s approach to education. He lamented the “same tired debates” of “Democrats versus Republicans, vouchers versus the status quo,” and said that “we can’t continue like this. It’s morally unacceptable for our children, and economically untenable for America.”

He also sought to dispel a rumor about the selection of the 6-foot-5 Duncan, an old basketball buddy. “I did not select Arne because he’s one of the best basketball players I know,” he joked, but added, “I think we’re putting together the best basketball-playing cabinet in history.”

Duncan does appear to have put together an impressive resume as an education leader in Chicago. The New Republic reports:

Duncan also has strong support from charter school advocates. In a statement this morning, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools President and CEO Nelson Smith praised him as “a terrific choice as Education Secretary” with “a nationwide reputation as a reformer who’s strongly supported public charter schools and other innovations geared to raising students’ academic performance.”

But the discussion was not limited to education; once again, Obama was asked about the Blagojevich scandal and the controversy over choosing Obama’s successor in the Senate. This time, he dismissed the question, stating flatly that the U.S. attorney’s office had requested that he not discuss the results of his report on his team’s interaction with the governor.

Thomas Dixon | He creates the ideal marketing experience by connecting online brands with their target audiences. He recently completed a research paper on consumer conversion and took part in a community project on SEO optimization. Thomas is working on his Bachelor of Arts in Communications and plans to intern in an online marketing department soon.

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