Remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Legislative Summit, March 19, 2013
I'm delighted to see this legislative summit's concentration on education as the linchpin of prosperity and the economic game-changer for Hispanics.
It is a pleasure to talk to the members of the NNPA, who have played such an important role in giving voice to communities whose voices too often go unheard.
One of the most extraordinary opportunities in my job is that I get to visit hallowed ground. I have had the honor of standing in the footsteps of giants who fought and won battles for equal educational opportunity.
Rolling Terrace Elementary School represents so much of what we want our country to be like and aspire to. Many of the students at Rolling Terrace grow up in poverty and the children speak as many as 35 different languagesit's a baby United Nations! But the children are thriving. They have great adults who take care of them and are excited to work with them.