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Arne Duncan Limited by Recent Sports Injury

By Bryan Toporek — May 13, 2011 1 min read
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Where in the world has Secretary of Education Arne Duncan been lately? Turns out he’s been struggling with severe back pain which started from a sports injury, my colleague Michele McNeil reported today over on the Politics K-12 blog.

McNeil spoke to Justin Hamilton, spokesman for the Dept. of Ed., and learned that Duncan’s injury was further aggravated by heavy cross-country travel.

This isn’t the first time Duncan’s suffered a sports injury during his tenure as Secretary of Education, either. Late last year, Duncan broke his nose during a basketball game, according to Politico. And the broken nose wasn’t President Barack Obama’s fault, Duncan joked during a speech at a State Educational Technology Directors Association event. (Remember, Pres. Obama required 12 stitches in his lip after being elbowed during a basketball game in late November 2010.)

Just goes to show you that even the top leaders in education aren’t immune to a few sports-related bumps and bruises.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.