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Arne Duncan is an education administrator and currently the United States' Secretary of Education

InformationDetail
BirthdayNovember 6, 1964
NationalityAmerican
FamousHumanitarian, Democrats, Harvard University, University Of Chicago, Miscellaneous
IdeologiesDemocrats
SpousesKaren Luann Duncan
Known asArne Starkey Duncan
Childrens Claire, Ryan
Universities
  • Harvard University,University Of Chicago
  • Harvard University (1987)
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
Notable Alumnis
  • Harvard University
  • University Of Chicago
Birth PlaceChicago
Political IdeologyDemocratic
Height195cm
GenderMale
FatherStarkey Duncan
MotherSusan Morton
Sun SignScorpio
Born inChicago

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Who is Arne Duncan?

Making significant reforms and positive changes in the American public school education system, Arne Duncan, the 9th United States’ Secretary of Education, is one of the most progressive administrators, today. During his tenure, he made many substantial contributions in the field of education, which brought about many positive improvements in the lives of American students and teachers. He offered his support to President Barack Obama’s goal of producing the highest number of college graduates. He brought about reforms to ensure that colleges and universities provide job placements and student loans at default rates. He has raised education standards, improved teaching quality and has also increased the number of scholarships being granted to students. Before he assumed office as the United States’ Secretary of Education, he was the chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools and became longest-serving education superintendent in the United States of America. As a CEO, Duncan introduced various education initiatives, closed down under-performing schools, expanded after school and summer learning programs. These efforts had tremendous impact on the academic scenario and helped improve the student performance considerably.

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Childhood & Early Life

Arne Duncan was born in Chicago, Illinois to Starkey Davis Duncan, Jr, a psychology professor and Susan Goodrich Morton, who ran the Sue Duncan Children's Center, a programme for the African-American youth.

He grew up in the neighborhood of Hyde Park, Chicago, where he attended the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. He also spent time playing with students at his mother’s tutoring center.

In 1987, he graduated from the Harvard University as a ‘magna cum laude’ with a degree in sociology. In University, he co-captioned the varsity basketball team and was offered ‘Academic All-American’.

From 1987 to 1991, he played professional basketball in Australia for several prominent teams.

Career

In 1992, he became the director of the Ariel Education Initiative, which was introduced to guide, provide opportunities and support children belonging to deprived communities.

In 1996, along with his colleague and friend John W. Rogers, Jr., founded the Ariel Community Academy, a grammar school in Chicago. They jointly supported and funded the school.

In 1998, he worked with the Chicago public school system, which is the third largest school district in the country. There, he also served as the head of the school systems ‘magnet programme’.

In 1999, he became the Deputy Chief of Staff and worked for Paul Vallas, the former CEO of the Chicago Public Schools and the School District of Philadelphia.

From June 2001 to 2008, he served the post of Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Public Schools. He was appointed to serve this post by Mayor, Richard M. Daley.

In 2008, he introduced an innovative incentive program in over twenty schools in Chicago, as per which students were to be awarded a monetary amount for good grades.

On January 20, 2009, President Barack Obama appointed him as the U.S. Secretary of Education. He soon introduced the ‘Race to the Top’ competition, which was an initiative to encourage innovation in the education system.

Awards & Achievements

He was elected as a fellow into the Leadership Greater Chicago's class of 1995. In 2002, he became a member of the Aspen Institute's Henry Crown Fellowship Program.

In 2006, he was conferred the title of ‘Citizen of the Year’, which was bestowed upon him by the City Club of Chicago.

In 2007, he was the recipient of the Niagara Foundation's Education Award and the same year, he was honoured with the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship Enterprising Educator Award and the University High School Distinguished Alumni Award.

In 2008, the Civic Federation of Chicago and the Anti-Defamation League honoured him for his dedicated commitment and services towards the betterment of the Chicago Public School system.

He has been conferred honorary degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Lake Forest College and National-Lewis University.

Personal Life & Legacy

He met his wife Karen Luann in Australia. She was a physical education teacher and a high school coach in Australia.

He lives with his wife Karen in Arlington, Virginia. The couple have two children, Claire and Ryan, who attend the public elementary school in Arlington.

Trivia

In order to discourage dropouts , this United States’ Secretary of Education, made dropouts sign forms that had statements like, ‘I will not be able to afford many things that I will see others acquiring’ or ‘I will be less likely to find good jobs that pay well, bad jobs that don't pay well, or maybe any jobs’.

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Arne Duncan biography timelines

  • // 6th Nov 1964
    Arne Duncan was born in Chicago, Illinois to Starkey Davis Duncan, Jr, a psychology professor and Susan Goodrich Morton, who ran the Sue Duncan Children's Center, a programme for the African-American youth.
  • // 1987
    In 1987, he graduated from the Harvard University as a ‘magna cum laude’ with a degree in sociology. In University, he co-captioned the varsity basketball team and was offered ‘Academic All-American’.
  • // 1987 To 1991
    From 1987 to 1991, he played professional basketball in Australia for several prominent teams.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, he became the director of the Ariel Education Initiative, which was introduced to guide, provide opportunities and support children belonging to deprived communities.
  • // 1995 To 2002
    He was elected as a fellow into the Leadership Greater Chicago's class of 1995. In 2002, he became a member of the Aspen Institute's Henry Crown Fellowship Program.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, along with his colleague and friend John W. Rogers, Jr., founded the Ariel Community Academy, a grammar school in Chicago. They jointly supported and funded the school.
  • // 1998
    In 1998, he worked with the Chicago public school system, which is the third largest school district in the country. There, he also served as the head of the school systems ‘magnet programme’.
  • // 1999
    In 1999, he became the Deputy Chief of Staff and worked for Paul Vallas, the former CEO of the Chicago Public Schools and the School District of Philadelphia.
  • // Jun 2001 To 2008
    From June 2001 to 2008, he served the post of Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Public Schools. He was appointed to serve this post by Mayor, Richard M. Daley.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, he was conferred the title of ‘Citizen of the Year’, which was bestowed upon him by the City Club of Chicago.
  • // 2007
    In 2007, he was the recipient of the Niagara Foundation's Education Award and the same year, he was honoured with the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship Enterprising Educator Award and the University High School Distinguished Alumni Award.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, he introduced an innovative incentive program in over twenty schools in Chicago, as per which students were to be awarded a monetary amount for good grades.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, the Civic Federation of Chicago and the Anti-Defamation League honoured him for his dedicated commitment and services towards the betterment of the Chicago Public School system.
  • // 20th Jan 2008
    On January 20, 2009, President Barack Obama appointed him as the U.S. Secretary of Education. He soon introduced the ‘Race to the Top’ competition, which was an initiative to encourage innovation in the education system.

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Arne Duncan's FAQ

  • What is Arne Duncan birthday?

    Arne Duncan was born at 1964-11-06

  • Where is Arne Duncan's birth place?

    Arne Duncan was born in Chicago

  • What is Arne Duncan nationalities?

    Arne Duncan's nationalities is American

  • What is Arne Duncan ideologies?

    Arne Duncan's ideologies is Democrats

  • Who is Arne Duncan spouses?

    Arne Duncan's spouses is Karen Luann Duncan

  • Who is Arne Duncan childrens?

    Arne Duncan's childrens is Claire, Ryan

  • What was Arne Duncan universities?

    Arne Duncan studied at Harvard University,University Of Chicago, Harvard University (1987), University of Chicago, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

  • What was Arne Duncan notable alumnis?

    Arne Duncan's notable alumnis is Harvard University, University Of Chicago

  • What is Arne Duncan's political ideology?

    Arne Duncan's political ideology is Democratic

  • How tall is Arne Duncan?

    Arne Duncan's height is 195

  • Who is Arne Duncan's father?

    Arne Duncan's father is Starkey Duncan

  • Who is Arne Duncan's mother?

    Arne Duncan's mother is Susan Morton

  • What is Arne Duncan's sun sign?

    Arne Duncan is Scorpio