U.S. education secretary meets students of Waipahu High School

Published On: Mar 31 2014 09:59:24 PM HST   Updated On: Mar 31 2014 10:07:57 PM HST

The man at the helm of education reform in our country spent the day at Waipahu High School.

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U.S. secretary Arne Duncan is visiting the islands to learn more about local concerns that students, parents, educators and policy makers have. From testing to how to properly assess Hawaiian language immersion schools, the education secretary also applauded the state for its "Race to the Top" achievements.

"The only way to accelerate the rate of change is to do something different. That sounds easy, but is hard to do," said Duncan. "To challenge the status quo, these guys did that day after day after day. No one's declared victory. We've got a long way to go, but the progress has been extraordinary."

While at Waipahu High School, Duncan checked out the school's entries into the State Science Fair as well as their greenhouse and outdoor labs.

Hawaii is the 50th state the secretary has visited since taking office in 2009.

Arne Duncan and Hawaii politicians

Arne Duncan and Hawaii politicians

Arne Duncan and Hawaii politicians


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