DETROIT (WXYZ) - U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is making a pit stop in southeast Michigan.
The education chief visited Detroit and Ann Arbor as part of the U.S. Education Department's "Education and the Economy," second annual back-to-school bus tour.
Earliere this morning, Duncan joined Gov. Rick Snyder, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, and Emergency Manager Roy Roberts for a "New Day" forum at Charles H. Wright Academy of Arts and Science.
The Education Secretary talked about the steps being taken by DPS and other school districts to turn around low-performing schools in Michigan.
"We have to challenge ourselves to do much better, and I think that's the reality," said Sec. Duncan.
"I couldn't be more hopeful and more optimistic about where Detroit could go," he added.
Duncan also talked with a faculty panel at the University of Michigan's School of Education. They discussed promoting excellence in the classroom and improving access to college. They focused on how to help disadvantaged and underserved students.
Copyright 2011 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
More Detroit Headlines
General Motors is set to begin the new GM Student Corp program. It’s a paid internship with 110 Detroit high school students participating.
Some of Detroit's city offices will be closed Monday, May 20, because of a budget required furlough day.
Detroit Police say 3-year-old Alonna Anderson has been found safe.