Questions for Arne Duncan?

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Got a question for US Education Sec. Arne Duncan? Know a student who might? SparkAction!—a national youth news site—created an online contest where young people can post questions and vote for their favorites through February 18. Sec. Duncan will answer top questions on February 26 at the National Youth Summit in Washington, DC.

The Youth Summit is the closing event of the Department of Education’s  National Youth Listening Tour.

To check out some short videos from the listening tour, including initial student responses on how to fix the US public education system, click here and here.

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