Education Secretary Says DPS Worst In Country

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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