“The work you do is a labor of love,” Secretary Duncan told a group of education leaders and philanthropists at the 4th annual conference of Communities for Public Education Reform (CPER) earlier today in Alexandria, Va. Duncan thanked the attendees for their “commitment, hard work, and the difference you are making in students’ lives around the country.”
CPER is a collaborative of national, state, and local funders supporting community-led efforts to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for students in low-income areas. Duncan used his time during the group’s lunch session to address school turnarounds, the importance of early education and the need for better parent engagement.
The Secretary was met with loud applause when he said that the time is overdue for Congress to enact the DREAM Act and that we “have to get it done.” He noted that passage of the DREAM Act is an economic issue because it allows talented students to continue their education beyond high school, and prepare them for good careers.
Earlier this month President Obama once again issued his support for the DREAM Act, explaining that “we should stop punishing innocent young people for the actions of their parents. We should stop denying them the chance to earn an education or serve in the military.”
Click here to read Secretary Duncan’s December op-ed in support of the DREAM Act.