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.