DETROIT (WWJ) – The nation’s top schools boss will be in Michigan next week, the first full week of the school year.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and senior Department officials will visit states throughout the Midwest for “Education and the Economy,” the Department’s second annual back to school bus tour from Sept. 7 to Sept. 9.
Speaking with WWJ Newsradio 950, Duncan said he’s looking forward to see what Detroit schools are doing to improve. Duncan said he, along with so many other, are troubled with the absentee rates of Detroit High School kids, which is pegged at an average of 45 days a year.
“We as adults have to meet them more than halfway,” said Duncan. “Make sure that school is interesting, make sure it’s engaging, make sure students that are struggling at home in the community have the support they need to be successful.”
“As you know so well, when students start missing days … that ultimately can mean that they’re dropping out. It’s a very slippery slope there,” he said.
Hear our complete interview with Arne Duncan: