17 Facts About Arne Duncan


Arne Starkey Duncan was born on November 6,1964 and is an American educator who served as United States Secretary of Education from 2009 to 2015 and as Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Public Schools from 2001 to 2008.


Arne Duncan was raised in Hyde Park, a Chicago neighborhood encompassing the University of Chicago.


Arne Duncan is the son of Susan Goodrich and Starkey Davis Duncan Jr.


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.


In 1999, Arne Duncan was appointed deputy chief of staff to Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas.


Mayor Richard M Daley appointed Duncan to serve as Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Public Schools on June 26,2001.


Arne Duncan was appointed US Secretary of Education by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate on January 20,2009.

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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.


On July 13,2014, the American Federation of Teachers approved a resolution calling for Education Secretary Arne Duncan to resign if he does not improve under a plan to be implemented by President Barack Obama.


On October 2,2015, Arne Duncan announced he would be stepping down at the close of 2015, to be succeeded by John King Jr.


In March 2016, Arne Duncan announced he would join the Palo Alto-based education group Emerson Collective as a managing partner.


In 2021, Arne Duncan endorsed Deborah Kerr, his former high school teacher, in the non-partisan race for Superintendent of Public Instruction of Wisconsin.


In January 2022, Arne Duncan expressed interest in running for Mayor of Chicago in the 2023 Chicago mayoral election.


From 1988 through 1991, Arne Duncan played professional basketball, mostly in Australia, with teams including Melbourne's Eastside Spectres, of Australia's National Basketball League.


Arne Duncan participated in the 2012,2013,2014, and 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend Celebrity Games.


On May 11,2014, Arne Duncan was a member of the 2014 USA Basketball 3x3 Men's Championship Team.


Arne Duncan's schedule did not permit him to attend, but the team finished in 9th place in the 24-team tournament.