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Secretary Duncan traveled to Providence, R.I., on Wednesday to participate in a town hall with elected officials, educators, students, and union, business and industry representatives. The town hall focused on issues surrounding public education.
"Today, other countries around the world are investing more—adding class time—imposing higher standards and raising expectations," Duncan said. "They understand that education is the surest path to social mobility and economic security. They are united, intent and rapidly moving ahead, [and] America must do the same."
Secretary Duncan joined Acting U.S. Under Secretary of State Ann Stock and the Indonesian Minister of National Education Mohammad Nuh in opening the U.S.-Indonesia Higher Education Summit on Monday. The summit continued the work of the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership, which focuses on strengthening academic ties between the two countries. Read Secretary Duncan's opening and closing remarks.