AASA Statement on Confirmation of Arne Duncan as Secretary of Education

January 21, 2009

Amy Vogt


ARLINGTON, Va. – The American Association of School Administrators, the professional organization for school superintendents and other school system leaders, today issued the following statements in response to the U.S. Senate confirimation of Arne Duncan of Chicago Public Schools as secretary of education:

Statement from AASA President Randall Collins, superintendent of schools in Waterford, Conn.:

“President Obama made an excellent choice in selecting Arne Duncan, an accomplished education leader and member of AASA, to serve as secretary of education. Duncan’s successes in Chicago, the nation’s third-largest school district, and his background as an advocate for high-quality public education will be invaluable during this critical period in our nation’s history. As school districts nationwide struggle to respond to shrinking budgets and Congress and the new administration work to craft new education policy, Duncan will be a tremendous asset.”

Statement from AASA Executive Director Daniel A. Domenech:

“I applaud the confirmation of Arne Duncan, an active superintendent and AASA member, to lead the nation's education system. Those of us who have worked side-by-side with Duncan know he is a skilled leader who is committed to improving public education for all children. We look forward to working with him and the new administration, along with other AASA members, community leaders and parents, in support of key education policies and reforms to best serve our nation’s students.”


About AASA
The American Association of School Administrators, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders across the United States. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.