According to a report out today by Bloomberg news service, Sue Duncan says her son Arne, President Obama's U.S. Secretary of Education, spent his formative years, seven days a week, growing up in her South Side Chicago after-school program.
Aug. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Sue Duncan has taught poor kids at her after-school center on Chicago’s South Side for 48 years. She says her son Arne spent seven days a week there as he was growing up.
“It was absolutely formative,” Arne Duncan, 44, said of working with his mother. He learned that “kids from totally dysfunctional home situations, total poverty, can do extraordinarily well if we give them a chance.”
What he absorbed matters because Duncan is now U.S. education secretary, in charge of improving a public school system that ranks below those of other developed nations in some studies. He’s armed with $100 billion in stimulus money from his friend, President Barack Obama, more than twice the budget of any of his predecessors. (Original Story)