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Alexander Statement on Secretary Arne Duncan

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 2 – Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on the announcement that Education Secretary Arne Duncan will step down in December:

“Arne Duncan was one of the president’s best appointments. He has a big heart, cares about children, and I have enjoyed working with him. When we disagree, it is usually because he believes the path to effective teaching, higher standards, and real accountability is through Washington, DC, and I believe it should be in the hands of states, communities, parents and classroom teachers.”