Arne Duncan is stepping down. John King, former State Superintendent in New York, will take his place. In New York, King became extremely controversial because of his dogged support for the Common Core, for high-stakes testing, and for a badly flawed teacher evaluation system. King previously worked in “no excuses” charter schools.

WASHINGTON—Education Secretary Arne Duncan, one of the longest-serving
members of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, will step down in
December, officials said Friday.

In a letter to his staff obtained by the Associated Press, Duncan said
he’s returning to Chicago to live with his family. He said he isn’t
sure what he will do next, but that he hopes his future will “continue
to involve the work of expanding opportunity for children.”

Mr. Obama has tapped John King Jr., a senior official at the Education
Department, to run the department for the remainder of his
administration. Obama doesn’t intend to nominate Mr. King or to
nominate another education secretary during the rest of his
presidency, but will instead ask Mr. King to serve in an acting
capacity, said a White House official, who wasn’t authorized to
comment by name and requested anonymity.

That approach will spare Mr. Obama a confirmation fight over a nominee
in the Senate.