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Why the new education secretary is a lightning rod

from The Washington Post

A look at the home page of the U.S. Education Department confirms that Arne Duncan, education secretary for the past seven years, is officially gone and his successor, John B. King, Jr. is now in charge. But King, who joined the department in early 2015 as "senior advisor delegated duties of deputy secretary of education" does not have the same exact title as Duncan. King is "acting education secretary" — and there are important reasons for that. One is that he became a lightning rod in his last job, from which he was given a push by the governor of New York. As a result, it is likely it would be harder than usual for President Barack Obama to secure Senate approval for his appointment, and so the "acting" designation allows King to do the job without it. more


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