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Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan

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The Secretary of Education is the head of the Department of Education, the smallest cabinet-level department.
Arne Duncan
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In 2001, Mayor Richard Daley appointed Duncan as Chief Executive Officer of the nation's third-largest school system with 600 schools that serve over 400,000 students with 24,000 teachers and a budget of more than $5 billion. He is a Hyde Park native and Harvard College graduate.

His appointment came on the heels of the Annenberg Challenge and K-12 Reform (1996-97 through 2000-01).

He faces the challenges resulting from No Child Left Behind.
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