Education Secretary Arne Duncan is stepping down in December, the White House said Friday. Former New York state commissioner John King, a deputy secretary at the agency for the last few months, has been selected to take his place.
Duncan is one of just a few members of Obama’s original cabinet remaining in office. His family recently moved to Chicago, where Duncan ran public schools for several years before his appointment.
Duncan has clashed with teachers unions, parents and members of Congress in his time in office. He said in an email about his decision that he doesn’t have immediate plans lined up for life after the administration.