U.S. Secretary of Education steps down, another steps in

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWS10) – The United States will soon have a new acting secretary of education.

Arne Duncan is stepping down and New York’s own John King Junior is set to take his place. King had been the Empire State’s commissioner of education from 2011 until just earlier this year. He is now set to serve as head of the department until the end of president Obama’s term in office.

King takes over for education secretary Arne Duncan who is stepping down in December after seven years with the Obama Admiration. Officials here in New York are chiming in on the big appointment for King.

Board of regent’s chancellor Merryl Tisch says “I applaud the president’s choice and know john will do an extraordinary job” and SUNY chancellor Nancy Zimpher says “John was a strong partner during his time as education commissioner here in New York.”

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