Arne Duncan

Arne Duncan served as U.S. Secretary of Education from 2009 to 2015. He is currently managing partner with Emerson Collective and the founder of Chicago CRED, an organization working to reduce gun violence.

Most parents think that their children are learning at grade level because they’re getting A’s and B’s. They’re not, and schools are sending a mixed message about achievement, Arne Duncan and Bibb Hubbard write.
I don’t ever want to hear another politician offer “thoughts and prayers” after a mass shooting. I don’t ever again want to look into the eyes of parents of dead first- and second graders, as I did in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012. I don’t ever want to attend another funeral for a slain student, which I did all too frequently as CEO of CPS.
We live in challenging times, where issues like climate change, terrorism, economic injustice and war threaten democracies here and across the globe. Now more than ever, Americans must reaffirm our commitment to the principles and practices of democracy.