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Closing achievement gaps, by closing opportunity gaps, is the civil rights challenge of our generation. But real change takes time. It takes political will. And it will require every single one of you to have A LASER-LIKE FOCUS on advancing student learning.
--Arne Duncan
Puerto Rico Education Summit
Oct. 17, 2011

Charlotte-Mecklenburg is a model for innovation in urban education. It has taken on the tough work of turning around low-performing schools, created a culture of using data to improve classroom instruction, and put A LASER-LIKE FOCUS preparing students for college and careers.
--Arne Duncan
Broad Foundation press release awarding 2011 Broad Prize to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Sept. 20, 2011

The president from day one has had A LASER-LIKE FOCUS on education. And you'll continue to see that focus and courage in the State of the Union speech. We're very much looking forward to it. And he has said repeatedly that the countries that out-educate us today are going to out-compete us tomorrow, and that we're fighting for our economic security, we're fighting for our national security, and education is also the civil rights issue of our generation.
--Arne Duncan
Minnesota Public Radio
Jan. 21, 2011

What worked in No Child Left Behind is there was A LASER-LIKE FOCUS on the achievement gap and disaggregating data. Historically, our country loved to sweep those sorts of tough facts under the rug. And thanks to No Child Left Behind, that's never going to be the case.
--Arne Duncan
Wall Street Journal Interview
Nov. 22, 2010

We're going to reward schools that show the most growth and ability to close achievement gaps so we’ll have LASER-LIKE FOCUS there.
--Arne Duncan
Press Conference Call On Education Reform Blueprint
March 15, 2010

Lastly, we must in our schools where efforts have for too long failed to yield sufficient improvements, quickly learn--through A LASER-LIKE FOCUS on these schools--how to intervene decisively, boldly and effectively by leveraging partnerships and expertise around the State and nation.
--State of Illinois
Race to the Top Application for Initial Funding
January 9, 2010

I try to stay with A LASER-LIKE FOCUS on improving what's going on for our nation's children.
--Arne Duncan
Face the Nation
Sept. 6, 2009

We're really trying to A LASER-LIKE FOCUS on the lowest performing schools around the country.
--Arne Duncan
Press Release
May 7, 2009

There are four strategies that we're FOCUSED ON WITH A LASER-LIKE FOCUS. First, raising the bar. Dramatically raising standards—common, college-ready, career-ready, internationally benchmarked standards.
--Arne Duncan
National Conference on Science Education
March 19, 2009

He has kept A LASER-LIKE FOCUS on the more than 408,000 children who attend Chicago's 655 public schools.
--St Louis Beacon
Story on Arne Duncan
Dec. 16, 2008

No Child Left Behind and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act have put the needs of students with disabilities front and center. We now have A LASER LIKE FOCUS on helping these kids.
--Margaret Spellings
IDEA Fact Sheet
August 2006

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