Education Secretary Says Equity Starts In Schools

Posted: 07/14/2010 12:56 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says the only way to achieve equality in society is to achieve it in the classroom.

Duncan spoke Wednesday to members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People during its annual convention in Kansas City.

He said it's not enough to know that minority children trail white children academically. Instead, the country needs to stop making excuses and address the problem.

Duncan says the solution starts at home. He says too many children are spending too much time watching television instead of reading.

And he says it's also necessary to give the neediest students the best teachers and take drastic steps to turn around failing schools.

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