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Weekly Update: Education is the Surest Path to Social Mobility and Economic Security

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."

  • Read Siding with Students, the Secretary's keynote address at the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council.

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Secretary Duncan speaks at the U.S.-Indonesia Higher Ed Summit

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.

Weekly Highlights:

  • Secretary Arne Duncan issued a statement on The Nation's Report Card: Reading and Mathematics 2011, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) at grades 4-8.
  • ED's Assistant Secretary in the Office of Vocational and Adult Education visited St. Louis Community College to discuss jobs at a community roundtable with students, college officials, and local employers.
  • Arne took time last week to answer a couple of questions he received on his Facebook page. Daniel had a question on the Income-Based Repayment (IBR) program and the President’s recent pay-as-you-earn proposal.
  • Sharla Steever, a Classroom Teaching Ambassador Fellow writes about a recent visit to Dolores Gonzales Elementary in Albuquerque, N.M., and how the American Jobs Act could help with repairs and upgrades at schools around the country.