Detroit Today

Top Education Official Says Detroit Could Suffer With New Proposals

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

A bill in the U.S. House of Representatives aims to revise and reauthorize the No Child Left Behind law. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan opposes the proposed changes and he joins hosts Stephen Henderson and Laura Weber-Davis to discuss his objections.

“This is not just an education law, it is a civil rights law," he says.

Secretary Duncan says he thinks No Child Left Behind is outdated and needs revision, but he believes the House Republican proposal would take the education system backwards, and would favor more well-off districts over districts with more poverty.

“Under these current drafts that we’re seeing coming from the House and Senate, not only would Detroit not get more money it could potentially get significantly less," he says. “We have one common enemy and that is academic failure, and one common goal and that’s giving every child a chance to fulfill their extraordinary, god-given academic and social potential."