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Arne Duncan is an expert in education. He is known for having served as the U.S. Secretary of Education. He is currently a senior fellow at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and a board member for Communities In Schools and Community X. After university, Duncan played professional basketball in Australia. He was then appointed director of Chicago's Ariel Education Initiative, which he helped transform into a charter school. He was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff for the Chicago Public Schools CEO. Duncan was appointed Secretary of Education during the Obama administration. He stepped down amid opposition from teachers. He became a managing partner of the Emerson Collective education group in Palo Alto. His first book, "How Schools Work: An Inside Account of Failure and Success From One of the Nation’s Longest-Serving Secretaries of Education," was published in 2018. Duncan was raised in Chicago. He received is B.A. in sociology from Harvard College, where he co-captained the basketball team.

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