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Duncan Talks History Not News To Education Writers

Calling it the Civil Rights issue of our times, Duncan talked about the millions of children still not receiving equal educational opportunities. He largely blamed low standards (re: why a need for Common Core) and accountability (re: why a need to link student outcomes to teacher jobs).

“We have well documented achievement gaps and opportunity gaps but more importantly we have courage gap and an action gap,” Duncan said. ”Until adults show the courage to close that action gap we won’t put children’s need first. We will simple continue to admire the problem.”