In his remarks to the PTA National Convention, Secretary Duncan talked about the critical importance of parents and families in education and the changes occurring in classrooms across America that are helping to prepare students for success in college, careers, and life. He recognized the hard work of schools and communities who are transforming educational opportunities for students. Secretary Duncan also challenged the audience to be a voice for higher expectations, for bettering schools, and for elevating the teaching profession.
Secretary Duncan congratulated the 2014 Presidential Scholars and celebrated the program's 50th year. He also recognized the collective and individual accomplishments of this year's class. Secretary Duncan advised the audience to work collectively to solve problems, to pursue their passions, and to surround themselves with mentors and role models, while making every year a milestone year.
[Note: Secretary Duncan deviated in spots from his prepared remarks]
Thank you, President DePoe, for that kind introduction. I am honored to be here, in the home of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes, and especially to share this wonderful day with you, your families, our tribal leadership, and our elders.