In what seems to have become an annual ritual, I'm here again today to report on the state of education in America. What I can tell you after nearly five years in Washington is that the public narrative that you hear inside the Beltway and online doesn't reflect the reality I see in classrooms and schools all across America.
Good morning everyone. It's great to be here and help kick off this important conference and critical conversation.
It is always important to me, and I always look forward to the opportunity to address the National HBCU Conference. This year in particular we are at a challenging, pivotal moment in supporting both the enduring and the evolving role of HBCUs.
Just four days from now, Republicans on Capitol Hill are threatening to shut down the government.
I will be brief today so we can get to an important discussion.
Last month, President Obama unveiled a landmark plan to address our country's "crisis of college affordability and student debt."
2013 “Strong Start, Bright Future” Bus Tour Closing Remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Castle Park Middle School Town Hall, Chula Vista, CA
It's a treat to be here at Castle Park Middle School and to hear about Chula Vista's fantastic Promise Neighborhood program.
Today, we're wrapping up a five-day bus tour of the Southwest and West. I want to tell you about what I saw—and how the transformation of Castle Park Middle School is a beautiful example of what I learned.