Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, will step down in December, the AP reported on Friday.
Duncan has served as Secretary of Education for seven years as a member of President Obama's original cabinet. In his role as secretary, Duncan pushed for more accountability and to improve college graduation rates.
According to the AP, which obtained a copy of Duncan's letter to his staff, he will be returning to Chicago to live with his family. While Duncan has no concrete plans for what to do next, he hopes his future will "continue to involve the work of expanding opportunity for children," according to the letter.
Meanwhile, Obama plans to ask John King Jr., a senior Education Department official, to serve as acting secretary, according to a White House official (AP, 10/2).
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