Sec. Of Education: Graduation Rates ‘Nothing We Can Be Proud Of’

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  • Michel Martin of NPR News visited with the nation's top education official, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, as students across the United States head back to school and many are observing the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. One of the cornerstones of the civil rights movement has always been access to quality education.
  • Duncan spoke with Martin for an hour, fielding her questions and some taken directly from listeners.
  • In response to a question about education being a civil rights issue, Duncan said: " … we still have huge achievement gaps. We have far too many African-American, Latino students who are still dropping out. If you look internationally at our competition, we used to lead the world in college graduation rates. Today we're 12th. There's nothing we can be proud of. So I feel, frankly, a huge sense of urgency, proud of the progress, but a long, long way to go. And we have to keep getting better, faster."
  • You can read the full transcript of the interview via the link below.

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