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Obama Picks Chicagoan To Lead Education Department

December 17, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama announced Tuesday that Arne Duncan, the Chicago schools superintendent known for taking tough steps to improve the city's schools while maintaining respectful relations with teachers and their unions, was his choice as secretary of education. Duncan, 44, a Harvard graduate, has raised achievement in the third-largest U.S. school district and often faced the ticklish challenge of closing failing schools and replacing ineffective teachers, usually with improved results. Obama did not minimize the challenge facing Duncan. Two-thirds of all new jobs, he said, now require advanced training or higher education. "Unfortunately, when our high school dropout rate is one of the highest in the industrialized world, when a third of all fourth graders can't do basic math, when more and more Americans are getting priced out of attending college, we're falling far short of that goal," of educating Americans for a more competitive world. To read more, click here

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