President Obama held a press conference at the White House Friday to address his friend Arne Duncan’s resignation as Education Secretary.
“It is with some regret and sorrow that I have accepted his decision,” Obama declared.
The president said Duncan is leaving his post one year early because his family wanted to move back home to Chicago.
“I pushed Arne to stay but I also know how hard it is to be away from your family,” he said.
“He’s more than earned the right to return home.”
Obama then listed his education secretary’s accomplishments. As a result of Duncan’s efforts, Obama said more than 30 states have upped funding for early education, the high school graduation rate is at an all time high, and millions more families can afford college.