Arne Duncan spoke Wednesday about the impact of gun violence on America’s youth and chastised Congress for not acting on the issue, while giving the final speech of his seven years as U.S. secretary of education.
Duncan, who has been one of President Barack Obama’s longest-serving Cabinet members, is stepping down at the end of 2015. He is being replaced by John King Jr. — the former New York commissioner of education — who will serve as acting U.S. secretary of education. During his speech in the basement of Saint Sabina Church in Chicago, Duncan said he did not know what he will do next, but said he will continue to advocate for gun safety.
Duncan spoke about the country’s recent educational accomplishments — citing improved high school graduation rates and reduced drop-out rates — but focused on present and future barriers to success for America’s youth.