Former State Ed commissioner John King chosen as acting U.S. Education Secretary
Education Secretary Arne Duncan is stepping down in December after seven years in the Obama administration. Duncan says in a letter to staff that he's returning to Chicago to live with his family. President Barack Obama is tapping Education Department official John King Jr. as acting secretary through the end of his term. But Obama is not nominating King to be secretary.
King is currently serving as delegated deputy secretary. He oversees preschool through high school education and manages the department's operations.
Obama plans to discuss the change in leadership Friday afternoon at the White House.