Last week Secretary Arne Duncan visited Houston and Texas A&M.
At a community education forum in Houston, he discussed what’s working in education and what needs to be fixed with U.S. Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Harris County School Superintendent John Sawyer, North Forest ISD Superintendent Adrain Johnson, Aldine ISD Assistant Superintendent Priscilla Ridgway, and others.
At Rice University, he attended at YES College Prep event where more than 100 high school students announced the colleges they plan to attend.
At Sam Houston High School, he took part in a discussion about turning around low-performing schools with business leaders and Houston Independent School District Superintendent Terry Grier.
He stopped by Jack Yates High School to shoot hoops with the 2010 national champions in high school basketball, the Yates Lions.
At Texas A&M, he participated in a roundtable discussion with representatives from nearby Blinn Community College on the needs and potential of community colleges. He also talked with Texas A&M leaders about effective programs for preparing science, technology, engineering, and math teachers.