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Secretary Arne Duncan Visits Schools in Denver (April 7, 2009)
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Secretary Arne Duncan and Senator Michael Bennet speak to high school students at Bruce Randolph School in Denver, Colo. Duncan fielded insightful questions from a crowd of 200 students, urging them to stay in school, take tougher classes and recognize that decisions they make today will affect the rest of their lives. "This high school journey should be a starting point," Duncan told the school of sixth- through 11th-graders. Duncan told the students that their academic growth was a testament to the longer time they spent in school--with after-school sessions, Saturday classes and courses during the summer for low performers. "Feel free to boo me if you want; I think our school day is too short, our school week is too short and our school year is too short," he said. "Six hours a day, nine months a year doesn't makes sense."


Secretary Arne Duncan speaks at Bruce Randolph School in Denver, Colo. Secretary Arne Duncan and Senator Michael Bennet speak to high school students at Bruce Randolph  School in Denver, Colo.
Secretary Arne Duncan and Senator Michael Bennet host a round-table discussion with community leaders at Bruce Randolph School in Denver, Colo. Secretary Arne Duncan and Senator Michael Bennet meet (L-R) with Montclair Elementary School Principal Shannon Hagerman and Assistant Principal Emily Pulver in Denver , Colo.  Duncan toured the the school with Hagerman, who showed off the artwork on the school's walls, including portraits of Duncan's boss, President Barack Obama.
Secretary Arne Duncan works with students at Montclair Elementary School in Denver, Colo. Secretary Arne Duncan works with students at Montclair Elementary School in Denver, Colo.
Secretary Arne Duncan works with a student at Montclair Elementary School in Denver, Colo. Secretary Arne Duncan, Senator Michael Bennet and Denver Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg talk with students at Montclair Elementary School in Denver, Colo.
FSecretary Arne Duncan, Senator Michael Bennet and Denver Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg talk with students at Montclair Elementary School in Denver, Colo.

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