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Arne Duncan

Mike Petrilli calls for bipartisan push in King appointment

In an optimistic blog post on the Fordham Institute's Flypaper blog, Mike Petrilli calls for Sec. Arne Duncan's successor, John King, to go through the Senate confirmation process rather than a simple appointment to an "acting" Education Secretary position.
John King’s appointment could be (or could have been) an opportunity to turn the page. He should ask to go through the Senate confirmation process. He should, perhaps, insist on it. But that’s not all. He should also provide real leadership in getting an ESEA revamp across the finish line by embracing the bill that the Senate already passed in overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion. He should make clear that he views that bill as far from perfect. But he should embrace it anyway; he should fight for it, ask House Democrats to vote for it, and urge President Obama to sign it because he understands that, in a democracy—especially at a time of deep political and ideological polarization—compromise is the only alternative to stasis.
Arne Duncan
Arne Duncan served as U.S. secretary of education from 2009-2016. He is currently a managing partner at Emerson Collective, where he leads a comprehensive effort to improve opportunities for young people in urban areas. With Chicago CRED, Duncan and Emerson Collective are first focusing on Chicago residents between the ages of 17 and ...

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