KENNEDY ON NOMINATION OF ARNE DUNCAN AS SECRETARY OF EDUCATION
Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today released the following statement on President-elect Barack Obama's selection of Arne Duncan to head the Department of Education:
"President-Elect Barack Obama made an excellent choice in selecting Arne Duncan to be Secretary of Education.
Strengthening and modernizing America's public schools is one of the greatest challenges of our time, and today's announcement is one of the most important decisions that our President-elect will make.
Arne has been a pragmatic and effective leader of Chicago's schools. He's brought people together to address difficult challenges and expand opportunities so that every child can succeed. I'm confident he'll be an impressive advocate for the President-Elect's education agenda in the coming years in all aspects of education and I look forward to working closely with him."