Arne Duncan

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
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The high school graduation rate has hit an all-time high in America of 81 percent, and in Missouri it climbed to 85.7 percent during the 2013-14 school year. As more students earned high school diplomas, the gap between graduation rates for white and minority students also began to narrow, both nationally and in Missouri.

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During the State of the Union Address in February, President Obama announced a plan for "Preschool for All," which would provide federal funding to states to expand early childhood education. On a recent trip to St. Louis, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan reiterated that early childhood education is a priority for the president.

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Federal student loan interest rates will double in the next few days, unless Congress can agree on a solution.

Republicans are adamant that the rate be linked to the financial markets, while Democrats would like Congress to set the rates. The prospect of a last-minute compromise seems unlikely.

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was in St. Louis Thursday, and told reporters that lawmakers are working on a compromise.

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Duncan, Napolitano to visit Joplin

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will be in Joplin Thursday to visit the city's "mall school." That's the shopping mall school where 11th- and 12th-grade students began attending classes last month after Joplin's high school was destroyed in a tornado.

The May 22 tornado either destroyed or damaged 10 schools in the area, at an estimated cost of $151 million.

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