December 15th, 2008
07:37 PM ET
5 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.


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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Red, Red WHINE!!

    Oh Great!

    Now the republicans are going to file a lawsuit that alleges Duncan learned something from a different school (or maybe a stranger in a store even...or perhaps a book from a library...it could be ANYTHING for all we know) during one of his summers off and as such isn't truly a Harvard Grad!

    This is going to be a really rough battle to win in court...because who knows, he may really have learned alot! He might be a good choice and that is NEVER good news if you are a republican!

    December 15, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  2. Typical Republican Response

    He was alive when Clinton was in office.....

    GREAT!!! Another Clinton alumni!

    December 15, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  3. Matt, Chico, CA

    There seems to be a trend of Chicago officials heading to Washington and I do not like it one bit.

    December 15, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  4. LOL

    I wanna see the whole Obama cabinet play basketball. That would be sooo funny!!!

    December 15, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. BB

    And the republicans bashing our next president begins now. We finally have an intelligent person and the idiots want to tear him down. Shame Shame.

    December 15, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  6. AP

    I'm quite surprised at this pick for Education Secretary. Regardless of Duncan being a Harvard Graduate, Chicago Public School system is still one of the WORST in the country. This doesn't say much about Obama's pick for Education Secretary....

    December 15, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  7. Hoping for "huge" changes

    "Oh, there are lots of challenges and, obviously, huge opportunities," Duncan said. "I think there's a huge amount of work that has to go on on the early childhood side. There's a huge amount you've got to do in the K to 12 sector. And higher ed, particularly the student loans, presents some huge, huge challenges."

    ,,,Let's hope that someone in this position will be able to help students expand their vocabulary to include more descriptive words other than "huge".

    December 15, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. darko

    Because Chicago's public schools are the model that the we should strive for???

    December 15, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  9. Hoping for "huge" changes

    "Oh, there are lots of challenges and, obviously, huge opportunities," Duncan said. "I think there's a huge amount of work that has to go on on the early childhood side. There's a huge amount you've got to do in the K to 12 sector. And higher ed, particularly the student loans, presents some huge, huge challenges."

    It's time for some "huge" changes in our education. Hope he's up to the task.

    December 15, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  10. Steve NY

    Another Bill Ayers crony no doubt. Troublesome.

    December 15, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  11. Follow Up

    No surprise – a politician chooses his buddy!

    Now there's change you can COUNT on!

    December 15, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  12. riss

    oh give obama the ball already! let's get in the game!

    December 15, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  13. Bettsie

    Barack might get more then a shoe thrown at him. a president job is not easy and you can't please everyone.

    December 15, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  14. JT from Missouri

    I really like the choices Obama is making for his Cabinet. This one has to be one of the best ones so far. I just turned 18 today, and I am a Senior in High School. I may be one of the rare ones, but I value the importance of a affordable and well organized education system. This guy, after doing some research about him on the internet, is one of the best choices for education. I really do have confidence in Obama and in Arne Duncan. Together, he, Obama, and the rest of Obama's team, will put America back together. Not only those people, but you can bring America back together. Remember this famous quote: "Do not wonder what this country can do for you, but what for you can do for your country." A good education system can lead anyone to make a difference for this world for the better. God bless the USA and the world.

    December 15, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  15. jaye

    This is an excellent choice!
    So far, Barack Obama has made wise choices... he's a very smart man and it shows.

    December 15, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  16. Cultural Advantages Revealled

    Can it be that basketball is the new golf? .... Finally no more plaid pants!!

    December 15, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  17. Matt

    Can't wait to hear the whining on this one. Yep guys, Obama gave Duncan the position because he let him win at HORSE. There's your quid pro quo. Have a field day with it.

    December 15, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  18. nate

    Are you posting just to hear yourself talk? Do you think it makes you famous? How about getting a job instead?

    December 15, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  19. Matt

    @ Bettsie

    Anything is better than the feces the spiteful, bitter GOP monkeys have been throwing.

    December 15, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  20. Matt

    @ Cultural Advantages revealled

    True enough...plaid pants are awful...I'm just not sure pants that aren't pulled up all the way is the change we need haha

    December 15, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  21. Steven

    Another smart pick. Great choice O.

    December 15, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  22. Remy

    More new faces are coming except GATES who still a Bush-man!

    December 15, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  23. Texas Teacher

    Let's see.... smart AND he plays basketball..... ? *LOL*

    I know there must be something we can complain about.... is he bow legged.... Wait... hold on..... was he secretly educated in RUSSIA? :)

    December 15, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  24. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz

    ALL THESE APPOINTMENTS ARE SO CRITICAL. BUT

    IF I HAD TO PICK THE MOST CRITICAL , IT WOULD HAVE

    TO BE DUNCAN, THE SECRETARY OF EDUCATION.

    WE ARE SO FAR BEHIND, IT'S NOT EVEN FUNNY.

    GOOD COMMENTS "Red, Red WHINE !!

    December 15, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  25. Lola

    Why do some people complain 2 much! Bite Bush not Obama. He is doing his best, stop aready!

    December 15, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
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