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Nation’s Top Education Leader Visits San Diego


Aired 4/20/09


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visits San Diego tomorrow to talk about federal economic stimulus money for schools and the education priorities of the Obama administration. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more. 


This will be Duncan's first visit to San Diego as the country's top education leader. He's addressing the National School Boards Association conference in downtown San Diego.

President Obama appointed Duncan as U.S. Secretary of Education soon after he took office. Duncan was the leader of the Chicago public school system while Obama was Senator of Illinois. The two men have worked together closely on education issues and are friends, often playing basketball together.

Now Duncan is now in charge of the president's K-12 reform agenda.

At the conference, Duncan is expected to discuss what the economic stimulus money means for public schools. Public education nationwide is getting roughly $115 billion. 

Duncan will also touch on the education priorities of the Obama administration -- which include merit pay for teachers, opening more charter schools, reforming the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.


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