Arne Duncan was raised in Hyde Park, a Chicago neighborhood encompassing the University of Chicago.
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Arne Duncan is the son of Susan Goodrich and Starkey Davis Duncan Jr.
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Arne Duncan's father was a psychology professor at the university and his mother runs the Sue Duncan Children's Center, an after-school program primarily serving African-American youth in the nearby Kenwood neighborhood.
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In 1999, Arne Duncan was appointed deputy chief of staff to Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas.
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In March 2011, Arne Duncan said 82 percent of the nation's public schools could be failing by the following year under the standards of the No Child Left Behind law.
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In March 2016, Arne Duncan announced he would join the Palo Alto-based education group Emerson Collective as a managing partner.
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From 1987 to 1991, Arne Duncan played professional basketball, mostly in Australia, with teams including Melbourne's Eastside Spectres, of Australia's National Basketball League.
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Arne Duncan's schedule did not permit him to attend, but the team finished in 9th place in the 24-team tournament.
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In 2021, Arne Duncan endorsed Deborah Kerr, his former high school teacher, in the non-partisan race for Superintendent of Public Instruction of Wisconsin.
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