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This research is a historical examination of Arne Duncan's leadership styles as Chief Education Officer of the Chicago Public Schools and as U.S. Secretary of Education. This analysis highlights the correlation between Ronald Heifetz's Adaptive Leadership (2009) and Arne Duncan's leadership style as he implements initiatives to expand educational opportunities for students in the Chicago Public Schools and his national reform initiatives to improve college readiness among high school graduates. This research also presents Arne Duncan's challenges and successes in the implementation of the Renaissance 2010 program that closed 70 schools, Chicago Public Schools exit from the Consent Decree, the No Child Left Behind Act, the amendment of the NCLB Act called Every Student Succeeds Act, and the execution of the Race to the Top initiatives. the study concludes with reflections on Arne Duncan's styles as a leader, so as to suggest effective leadership for future education administrators.

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