U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to step down at end of year

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to step down at end of year

Source: The Washington Post

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan plans to step down from his cabinet position by the end of the year, leaving the Obama Administration more than a year before the president’s term will end, according to a White House official.

Duncan, who has led the nation’s education policy since the beginning of Obama’s presidency, has come under increasing criticism from both the left and the right. Congress, in pending legislation, has moved to strip his power.

“We can confirm that President Obama will announce today that Education Secretary Arne Duncan intends to step down in December, and that the President has selected John B. King Jr., who currently acts as Deputy Secretary of Education, to replace him,” said a White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of the official announcement.

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