U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says Tennessee has been a “font of innovation” when it comes to education reform, praising the state for progress made under a winning Race to the Top bid in 2010. Duncan also called for higher teacher pay – more pre-kindergarten classrooms, and changes to No Child Left Behind legislation.
Duncan was the second guest speaker for the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy’s “Baker Distinguished Lecture.” Former senator Howard Baker attended the lecture; Duncan’s remarks on Howard H. Baker Jr. and Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker are included as part of his speech. Baker Center director Matt Murray opens the speech and provides the introduction. You can hear the entire speech here: