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Oct 17, 2018

Politicians and teachers alike have often spoken out on the need for widespread reform of our nation’s education system. Former Secretary of Education under President Obama Arne Duncan arrived at Town Hall with insight from his book How Schools Work to offer perspective on the failures in our school systems—and what we can do to fix them. Duncan met with Joy ResmovitsSeattle Times education writer and editor. Together they discussed critical deficiencies in the structure of our nation’s educational institutions which have caused American kids to fall behind their international peers, from early childhood all the way to college graduation rates. Duncan rallied us against a status quo that helps maintain a broken system at the expense of our kids’ education. Join Duncan and Resmovits for an inspiring call to action for parents, teachers, voters, and even students to come together and demand more of our public schools.

“Education runs on lies. That’s probably not what you’d expect from a former Secretary of Education, but it’s the truth.”

-Arne Duncan

Recorded live at Seattle University by Town Hall Seattle on Wednesday, October 3, 2018.