Education Secretary Arne Duncan Announces Resignation Effective December…

President Obama will not appoint a replacement, preferring to use an interim leader during the final year of his presidency. 

Holder+Duncan+Address+Youth+Violence+Chicago+xjeTGo8gtb9l(Via CBS) Education Secretary Arne Duncan, one of President Obama’s longest-serving cabinet secretaries, intends to step down in December.

Sidestepping a nomination fight in Congress, Obama has tapped John King Jr., a senior official at the Education Department, to run the department in an acting capacity for the remainder of his administration.

Obama doesn’t intend to nominate King or another candidate for education secretary before his presidency ends in early 2017, said a White House official, who wasn’t authorized to comment by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. King came to Washington after serving as the education commissioner for the state of New York.

The unconventional approach will spare Obama a fight over a nominee in the Senate but is likely to draw resistance from Republicans in the Senate, which holds the power to confirm or reject nominees for Cabinet-level posts.

Duncan informed his staff at the Education Department of his decision in a letter. He has spent the last several months commuting to Washington from Chicago and felt that it was too much of a strain to be apart from his family.

Duncan is one of just a few remaining members of Obama’s original cabinet. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Office of Management and Budget director Shaun Donovan have also served in the Cabinet since the first term. Donovan, however, first served as secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Duncan came to Washington from Chicago, where he ran the city’s public school system. As part of the Chicago cohort that followed Obama to Washington, Duncan is one of few Cabinet members who has a personal relationship with the president. A basketball player at Harvard University who played professionally in Australia, Duncan was once a regular in Obama’s weekend basketball games. (read more)

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36 Responses to Education Secretary Arne Duncan Announces Resignation Effective December…

  1. czarowniczy says:

    Ahhhhh, that explains it – I was wondering hwy I couldn’t get a return call.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. mpmp2015 says:

    Good riddance, unless leftist bureaucrat.


  3. Sentient says:

    I wish they wouldn’t use the expression “Obama tapped (fill in some dude’s name)…” Keep that crap in the closet.

    Liked by 4 people

  4. mcfyre2012 says:

    He didn’t want to get laid off when President Trump eliminates the Department of Education in 2017.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. John VI says:

    “Office of Management and Budget director Shaun Donovan ”

    Given there hasn’t actually BEEN a budget under Obama’s presidency, I would say this person is being GROSSLY overpaid.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. lastConservinIllinois? says:

    Oh no!

    I sure hope he doesn’t come back up here to Chi-town.
    We’ve got enough problems.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. facebkwallflower says:

    Ahh, he is clearing Dodge before Trump comes out and explains all the perversions with the Department of Education. He has said a couple of times now the DOE would be slated and what I find very surprising as that is not getting any resistance in the media. This tells us the powers at be are trying to run and hide from some pretty ugly stuff that may soon be revealed. No one seems to be arguing with Trump wanting to dismantle. This is very strange. This is very telling. There is something big and ugly and really baaaaaaaad, I suspect.

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  8. Swamp Witch says:

    I wonder if Karen Lewis will get invited to his resignation party ? Lewis was the Chicago teachers union president who mocked Arne’s lisp . She had a whole comedy stand up routine about Arne .


  9. Elle says:

    “In a shocking development Obama Administration officials Chai Feldblum and Arne Duncan lobbied the President on behalf “the LGBT community” to pardon (Univ. of Penn. football coach) Sandusky and sought to characterize homosexuals who rape young boys as “Minor Attracted Persons” in keeping with the U.S. Department of Health (DOH) declaring children are “sexual beings”.


  10. Arkindole says:

    Get your homes on MLS now bottom feeders because you’re gonna be moving.

    Duncan previously served as chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools district from 2001-2009.

    Arne Duncan stated that he found it “fascinating” that some of the opposition to the Common Core State Standards Initiative came from “white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — [ ] their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t as good as they thought they were.”

    Swell guy (read: punk). Yep, Chicago was the gold standard in education. Youbetcha.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. west1890 says:

    Shocked! I’m shocked aka Obama is not appointing Bill Ayers to the position!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. joshua says:

    New York State’s education commissioner, John B. King Jr., who has been a staunch advocate for the Common Core standards and a frequent target of those who criticize them, announced on Wednesday that he would step down at the end of the year to take the second-highest-ranking job at the federal Education Department, senior adviser to Secretary Arne Duncan.

    Dr. King, 39, a former charter school leader who was appointed commissioner in 2011, presided over major revisions to curriculum as well as the way that teachers are evaluated and trained. The most significant change during his tenure was New York’s transition to the Common Core, a new set of learning goals embraced by most states. New York was one of the first to test its students against the new standards, and when scores plummeted, teachers and parents blamed him for not giving schools enough time to adjust.

    Nonetheless, he was a firm defender of the Common Core and the tougher tests, saying the old standards had been set too low and did not reflect the skills students needed for college or jobs.
    “As I visited schools, I’ve heard from so many teachers that the students that they had this year were able to do things” they had never done before, he said in an interview on Wednesday.
    Citing the example of Massachusetts, which passed a law creating common standards and assessments in 1993, he said, “There was a difficult, contentious period around the raising of standards in Massachusetts, but in the long run what you see in Massachusetts is that their performance is at the top of the country, because they had higher standards and they stuck to them.”

    Dr. King also oversaw the introduction of new teacher evaluations based partly on students’ progress on tests, and of more difficult exams for teaching candidates, which this year resulted in a 20 percent drop in the number of those certified to teach in New York.

    In changing jobs, Dr. King is joining an administration that shares his belief in the Common Core and in holding teachers accountable for their students’ performance on standardized tests.

    “John is an extraordinary leader who has dedicated his life to improving the opportunities of our young people, as a teacher, a school leader and a leader of school systems,” Secretary Duncan said in a statement. “His passion, his fierce intelligence and his clear understanding of the difficult but vital work of education change will be an enormous benefit to this department and to the nation.”

    Jenny Sedlis, executive director of StudentsFirstNY, a reform group, praised Dr. King for advocating for the Common Core standards and the revamped teacher evaluations, as well as for his support for charter schools.

    “All the work that John King has done here in New York is what Arne Duncan and President Obama want to see done across the country,” she said.

    But David C. Bloomfield, a professor of education leadership at Brooklyn College and the City University of New York Graduate Center, said Dr. King had “fetishized testing” over the quality of instruction.

    “He was more concerned about test scores and quantitative measures than the whole teacher and the whole student,” Professor Bloomfield said. “That led to a limiting of the curriculum, the exodus of many good teachers from the profession, the chilling of many others from entry and the traumatizing of children on test days.”

    The state teachers’ union, which had called for Dr. King’s resignation this year, appeared to exult in his departure.

    “We hope he has learned from his stormy tenure in New York State and look forward to working collaboratively and productively with the Regents to improve public education going forward,” the union said in a statement.

    In an interview conducted when he was named commissioner, Dr. King, who was orphaned at age 12, credited teachers with “quite literally” saving his life (his father had been the first African-American principal of a public school in Brooklyn). He earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard, a law degree from Yale and a doctorate in education from Columbia. Before becoming education commissioner he was a co-founder of Roxbury Prep, a highly regarded charter middle school in Massachusetts, and led Uncommon Schools, a charter network based in New York.
    Merryl H. Tisch, the chancellor of the State Board of Regents, said the process of identifying potential successors to Dr. King would begin next week.


    • Concerned says:

      I’m getting tired of the fast-tracking. The guy opened up a charter school, next thing he’s the head of the entire state of NY education system, then an advisor to Arne?


  13. Attorney says:

    I do not see anybody in the GOP Congress fighting seriously about anything.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lastConservinIllinois? says:

      No one is doing anything.
      Not a damn thing.

      Amost seems like nothing matters, and certain people know it.

      Is it a foregone conclusion?
      Are we already defeated?


  14. thesouthwasrght says:

    Can’t say it enough: get your kids out of the public school system. Period.

    But once you do, especially in small towns believe it or not, expect to be somewhat ostracized. The level of worship for the local government indoctrination center is astounding.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. peachteachr says:

    We should all hope together that he takes Common Core with him. In my 40 years as an educator, I haven’t ever seen a worse or more costly program put forth.


  16. watcher says:

    Duncan is mentioned in following link numerous times, a long read but we’ll worth it. The cast characters in common core from beginning to now is astounding.

    Education (indoctrination) of our children is a multi billion $ business and wall street, politicians, and subversive people want to control it.
    Ever wonder what the picture of Jeb, VJ, and Murdoch at table may have been discussing?
    Turns out News Corp has some skin in the game as well as powerful others.


  17. On the left coast says:

    Translation: Obama probably has some truly evil projects planned and instead of having one person who’s taken open positions in front of the Senate, Obama will have a bunch of shadowy figures running single projects and by the time any oversight is possible, they’ll have hired a lot of radicals and wrecked a bunch of stuff.


  18. Millwright says:

    Arne is just the first in, ( I suspect from past history) , a long line of “Deserteers” from the Obama Administration ! He won’t be “missed”, unless some unhappy parent does ! And Duncan’s departure provides, “the one” with another opportunity to publicly japslap our ineffectual Congress with a “provisional appointee” he can manipulate !


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