U.S. Department of Education

Statement on Departure of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Over the past seven years, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has made improving education for our children an urgent national priority. During his tenure, there has been: record-high graduation rates, including significant gains by African-American and Latino students; 45 states and D.C. adopting college- and career-ready academic standards; nearly 7,000 charter schools offering families more options than ever before; rising NAEP scores and college enrollment; 45 states implementing meaningful teacher evaluations; movement to a much more flexible K-12 accountability system, thanks to NCLB waivers; and—for the first time—meaningful accountability on for-profit colleges. It’s undoubtedly also been a time of heated debate, but the drama around these changes has been healthy, productive, and meaningful for children. Thank you, Arne, for everything you’ve done to fight for kids and to focus our attention on what they need from their schools. We know that your successor, John King, will continue the fight and will keep our schools moving forward.  
Peter Cunningham is the Executive Director of Education Post.
Peter Cunningham
Peter Cunningham is the founder of Education Post and serves on its board. He served as Assistant Secretary for communications and outreach in the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama administration’s first term. Prior to that he worked with Arne Duncan when he was CEO of the Chicago Public Schools. Peter is affiliated with Whiteboard ...

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