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US education chief upbeat despite election blow

from The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek

The U.S. education secretary is hopeful that Republican election victories won't derail ambitious school reforms, which he says are crucial to keeping up in an ever-smarter global economy. Arne Duncan told The Associated Press that "we used to be at the top of the world" in education rankings. "He said the "staggering" U.S. high school dropout rate of about 25 percent "produces the effect of a permanent recession" because of lost productivity. Duncan spoke in Paris, where he is attending an international conferences on education. more

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