DETROIT (WWJ) – U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan spent the day in Detroit, visiting a DPS school and an EAA school with Governor Rick Snyder.

Duncan says the organization, invested in turning around failing schools, is doing good work.

“We need everyone to be wildly successful,” said Duncan. “We need the EAA to be highly successful, we need the Detroit Public Schools to be wildly successful, we need the Charters to be successful, we are all in this together.”

“These children deserve the best,” added Duncan.”Obviously I’m just in it for a day but talking with some of the young children at this school compared to last year; they feel safer, they are learning more, they feel they’re in an environment where the have a chance to be successful.”

He acknowledged that there is a long way to go … but his goal is to see every child successful, but did not give specifics for achieving that goal.

Duncan spoke before a crowd of students and parents at Brenda Scott High School before heading off to tour an early learning center in Ypsilanti with Snyder.

Snyder said he wants to invest more state budget dollars in K thru 12 education and early development programs.

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