Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/05/22/Education_Secretary_Arne_Duncan_on_Afterschool_Programs U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says that schools should offer more after-school activities to students, and that there should be more opportunities for students to engage in the community and visit colleges. He proposes using the 10 billion dollars of Title I money to fund these projects. ----- U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, After School Matters Chair Maggie Daley and Judge Glenda Hatchett join parents, children, educators and policy makers from around the country to discuss the benefits of afterschool programs and ways to ensure that all children and families have access to these programs. - San Francisco School Alliance Arne Duncan was nominated to be secretary of education by President-elect Barack Obama and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, 2009. In his confirmation hearings, Duncan called education "the most pressing issue facing America," adding that "preparing young people for success in life is not just a moral obligation of society" but also an "economic imperative." "Education is also the civil rights issue of our generation," he said, "the only sure path out of poverty and the only way to achieve a more equal and just society." Duncan expressed his commitment to work under the leadership of President Obama and with all those involved in education "to enhance education in America, to lift our children and families out of poverty, to help our students learn to contribute to the civility of our great American democracy, and to strengthen our economy by producing a workforce that can make us as competitive as possible." Prior to his appointment as secretary of education, Duncan served as the chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools, a position to which he was appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley, from June 2001 through December 2008, becoming the longest-serving big-city education superintendent in the country.
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