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NEA reacts to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s resignation

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García: ’We’ve always been in clear agreement that we need to strengthen public education.’

WASHINGTON - October 02, 2015 -

Department of Education Secretary  Arne Duncan announced today that he will resign, effective in December.  The can be attributed to National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García.

“The National Education Association wishes Secretary Duncan well in his future endeavors.

“NEA and Secretary Duncan have always been in clear agreement that we need to strengthen public education and make sure all students have the opportunity to succeed. He has made important strides in the promotion of early childhood education, college affordability and teacher leadership.

“We’ve also had our disagreements. There is a lot to be done to ensure the success of all our students, including fixing overtesting and making sure every child in every ZIP CODE has a quality education.”


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