U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Wednesday called the Detroit Public Schools “arguably the worst urban school district in the country now.”

Duncan did, however, say he is a fan of DPS emergency financial manager Robert Bobb, who was formerly the deputy mayor and school board president in Washington, D.C. Duncan made the remarks in response to a DPS-related question during a discussion at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington.

Last year, Duncan said the district’s problems — particularly the low graduation rate and low test scores — kept him awake at night. He called the district ground zero for public education.

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