Ed. Sec. Arne Duncan kids enrolled in U of Chicago Lab School

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Education Secretary Arne Duncan earlier this year in Denver. | AP file

WASHINGTON – Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s wife and two daughters returned to Chicago with the children to attend the private University of Chicago Lab School, a Duncan spokesman said.

Duncan is the former Chicago Public Schools chief who followed President Barack Obama to Washington at the beginning of his first term.

The men are longtime friends and play basketball together.

When Duncan joined the Obama administration in 2009, he moved to a northern Virginia suburb and enrolled his kids in a public school. Duncan will commute between Chicago and Washington for the last year-and-a-half of the Obama presidency.

Dorie Nolt, Duncan’s press secretary, told the Washington Post in an e-mail:

After more than six years living just outside Washington, D.C., Secretary Duncan’s family moved back to Chicago recently. His wife, Karen, is ready to resume her full-time career in education and will work at her former employer, the University of Chicago Laboratory School, where their children will attend school. Secretary Duncan will continue to work and maintain a residence in D.C. but commute to spend weekends with his family, as many cabinet Secretaries have done. Secretary Duncan remains committed to his work in the Cabinet and will continue to serve at the pleasure of the President.

Duncan is a Lab School alum. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s children attend Lab; so did the Obama daughters before moving to Washington, enrolling in the private Sidwell Friends School.

Karen Duncanis a former Lab School athletic director who in 2009 was working with then White House Chef Sam Kass on encouraging schools to serve healthy school lunches.

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