U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Friday announced he would be stepping down after seven years of service to the Obama administration. In a letter to department employees, Duncan said he wished to return to Chicago to be with his family. Duncan's wife and two children moved back to their hometown earlier this year. He plans to leave by the end of the year.
President Obama has already selected John B. King, Jr., the current deputy secretary of education, to replace Duncan.
Duncan's announcement is a bit out of the blue. From the Washington Post:
Even after Duncan’s family relocated to Chicago at the end of the summer, and their home in Arlington was put up for sale, Duncan insisted that he would stay until the end of the Obama administration.
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