Secretary Duncan spoke both to why education is the civil rights issue of our generation and the unfulfilled promise of Brown v. Board of Education. Equity is a theme of virtually all the Obama administration's initiatives in education. The Secretary urged education reporters to aggressively report not only on achievement and opportunity gaps but on the "courage gap" and "action gap."
Thank you for that generous introduction, Dennis [Van Roekel].
One of the most extraordinary opportunities in my job is that I get to visit hallowed ground. I get to stand in the footsteps of giants who fought and won battles for equal educational opportunity. And so it is today.