Another Friday brought another resignation announcement, as Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced he will step down in December. President Obama has tapped Deputy Secretary and former New York State Education Commissioner John King to serve as acting Secretary after Duncan’s departure.
NEA President Lily Eskelsen García wished Duncan well in his future endeavors, saying: “NEA and Secretary Duncan have always been in clear agreement that we need to strengthen public education and make sure all students have the opportunity to succeed. He has made important strides in the promotion of early childhood education, college affordability and teacher leadership. We’ve also had our disagreements. There is a lot to be done to ensure the success of all our students, including fixing overtesting and making sure every child in every zip code has a quality education.”