UNCF Statement on U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan's Resignation
‟For the past seven years, Secretary Arne Duncan has been an inspirational, powerful and effective advocate—working across political, racial and class lines—for our nation’s most vulnerable students. We are grateful for his service, which has helped to ensure that more minority children receive an excellent education, a prerequisite in today’s economy for economic and upward social mobility. Under Secretary Duncan’s leadership, the federal government has led K-12 education reforms and enhanced college opportunities, including progress in streamlining an overly complex federal student aid system that is a barrier to educational opportunity for low-income and minority students.
‟From the beginning of his tenure at the Department of Education, during times when we have agreed and disagreed, Secretary Duncan has been a sincere advocate for the students whose interests UNCF has championed since its founding 71 years ago. We will miss Arne Duncan, and we wish him all the best in the future. We believe that John King is a worthy successor and look forward to working with him on behalf of HBCUs, their students, and all Americans who are working so hard to realize their dreams of a college education.”