December 15th, 2008
07:37 PM ET
6 years ago

Duncan to be secretary of education

(CNN) - A Democratic source confirms to CNN that President-elect Barack Obama's choice for secretary of education is Arne Duncan, the head of Chicago public schools.

Duncan, who like Obama is a graduate of Harvard University, has served as chief executive of Chicago's public schools since 2001. Chicago is the third largest school district in the country.

Obama and Duncan often play basketball together, and Duncan was one of those who played with the president-elect in a game on Election Day.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
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  1. Ken

    Go to wakipedia and find out info before you write anything.....

    December 15, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  2. nick

    Once in a while have to pick a friend,no matter what friends and foes says!!

    December 15, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  3. Brian

    Oh great. Because Chicago public schools are a shining example of public eductation. (Excuse me a moment - barf) What can we expect next out of the corrupt Chicago political machine?

    December 15, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  4. Greg Hodges

    I do not know about this individual`s qualifications; and I am very supportive of Barack Obama and his new team. The one thing that is beginning to concern me is the President-elect seems to be rewarding alot of his Chicago friends with high profile jobs. While it is natural to want to be surrounded by people you are comfortable with, it does leave him open for criticism that there is too much of a Chicago influence. The test will come with time; as it always does; and for now I trust this man`s judgement.

    December 15, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  5. richard

    Steve NY, what's wrong with bill ayers? your mother likes him.

    December 15, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  6. Dot Livengood

    Birds of a feather fly together-hind legs of dogs are crooked too. Hold on everyone-Chicago is a crooked political capital of the US-I'm surprised they can all walk upright without missing a step-
    All I can say-all of their dirty laundry will appear later on-and everyone who thinks this man will do a great job-he is the one who appointed them. VERY few politicians and wealthy business men are straight as moom beams-money is the root of all evil-Bush's cabinet left him when he was elected the second time-stay tuned.

    December 15, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  7. fred

    why not pick the head of a town school system that is actually working...........

    December 15, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
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