Education Secretary urges students to start social movement


When U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s cross-country “Education Drives America” tour bus hit the road this fall, one of its stops was at what’s been called a crown jewel of teacher education programs.

Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, Dennis Van Roekel, National Education Association president, and Dr. Ken Weaver, dean of The Teachers CollegeDuncan and Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, stepped off the bus in front of Visser Hall, home of The Teachers College at Emporia State, for a Sept. 18 town hall-style stopover. 

The education leaders spent 45 minutes taking questions from future teachers — Emporia State students either just beginning their teaching internships or currently doing their student teaching.

Duncan drew sustained applause when he told the students about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program forgives student loans after time spent working in the public sector, which would include teaching.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan“After 10 years of public service,” Duncan said, “the remaining debt is erased, forgiven.”