“This could be the beginning of a promising new period for public education in this country,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel.
…In Chicago, Duncan set his sights on reducing the dropout rate, reducing school violence and creating successful new schools. His efforts have shown his commitment to quality public schools, Van Roekel said, and willingness to make decisive, bold changes.
“We applaud President-Elect Obama’s choice of Arne Duncan to be the next Secretary of Education,” said Jo Anderson, Executive Director of the Illinois Education Association. “In IEA-NEA, we have worked collaboratively with Arne Duncan on a number of ways to improve all Illinois public schools, including increased funding. In our experience, Arne Duncan is committed to working with others including the unions to promote excellence and equity in public education.”
– National Education Association press release, December 15, 2008
The AFT commends the Senate for quickly approving President Obama’s choice of Arne Duncan as Secretary of Education.
…Arne Duncan has exhibited his commitment to public education and his willingness to listen as well as to lead. We hope Secretary Duncan’s team includes individuals who share these qualities, and who, like him, are committed to working with all stakeholders to strengthen and improve public education.
– American Federation of Teachers press release, January 21, 2009