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Duncan Appears Before Senate Committee

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Duncan Appears Before Senate Committee

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President Elect Obama’s choice for Secretary of Education goes before a Senate Committee this morning. Chicago school chief Arne Duncan is seeking Senate confirmation.

The head of the Senate Committee on Health, Education and Labor, said in a statement he’s confident Duncan will be an impressive advocate for Obama’s education agenda.

But Senator Edward Kennedy, who is balancing senate responsibilities with health treatments, won’t be on hand to question Duncan this morning. Democratic Senator Tom Harkin from Iowa is taking the lead instead.

Senators will likely question Duncan on his support for the controversial No Child Left Behind law, which is up for renewal. The rising cost of college tuition is another committee concern.

Meanwhile, Duncan is under fire locally from community groups and the Chicago Teachers Union. The District is expected to announce a record number of school closings later this week.

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