Arne Duncan

Secretary of Education

Arne Duncan has served as the U.S. Secretary of Education since January 2009. Prior to his appointment as Secretary, he was chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s 3rd-largest school district. While CEO he successfully raised education standards, improved teacher and principal quality, increased learning options, and improved student performance across the district. In three years as secretary of education, he has enthusiastically led efforts to achieve President Obama’s ambitious goal for substantially increasing the number of individuals holding college degrees. Through one of his initiatives, Race to the Top competition, states compete for federal education dollars that can be used, in part, on college readiness and career preparedness, his lifelong passion.