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Duncan visits Philly to press for governor’s education plan

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was in Philadelphia today to stump for Gov. Wolf’s education budget, which he says could turn around the prospects of a state that ranks "dead last" when it comes to equitable school funding.

"Pennsylvania can’t be 50th anymore," said Duncan after a visit to E.M. Stanton Elementary in South Philadelphia.

"If the legislature can come together in a bipartisan way, then the children here in Stanton, and in Philly, and across the state would have access to so much more than they have today. That’s the hope, and that’s the goal, and that’s why I keep coming back here."

Duncan praised Stanton for doing great things on a shoestring. And local officials such as Mayor Nutter, Superintendent William Hite, and acting Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera praised Duncan in return.

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