Arne DuncanArne Starkey DuncanHow Democrats learned to stop worrying and love teachers Obama Education Secretary: US education system is 'top 10 in nothing' Obama Cabinet official: Trump doesn’t want educated workforce MORE, the CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, has accepted an offer to serve as Education secretary in the Obama administration, according to CBS 2 in Chicago.

Duncan has earned a reputation as a public education reformer but has avoided earning the kind of ire from unions felt by public school chiefs in New York and Washington, D.C.

Duncan and President-elect Obama are long-time friends who play basketball together.

Other names that were mentioned for the job were New York City's schools chancellor Joel Klein, Washington, D.C., schools chancellor Michelle Rhee and Denver schools superintendent Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetDe Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' Momentum builds behind push to pass laws enshrining abortion rights The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition — Trump: GOP has `clear contrast' with Dems on immigration MORE.