Durbin Statement After Announcement That Secretary Duncan Will Step Down in December

[NEW YORK, N.Y.] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after President Obama announce U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, will step down in December.  Durbin introduced Duncan to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee during his confirmation hearing in January 2009. 


“Arne Duncan has distinguished himself as one of our best Secretaries of Education.  Always open to new ideas but never forsaking his commitment to our students, Arne brought the values he learned at home in Hyde Park and the experience of leading Chicago's public schools to serve our President in Washington.  America's students and educators had a champion in Arne Duncan.”