At his Senate confirmation hearing Jan. 13, Education Secretary-designate Arne Duncan said he hopes to be able to continue the "Obama effect" with children by improving access to early childhood education programs, raising standards and increasing teacher quality in K-12 schools, and boosting access to higher education.

During Duncan's confirmation hearing with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski told the story of a student in a Baltimore school who told his teacher he wanted to be "smart" when he grew up--like President-elect Barack Obama.

"We need to harvest this Obama effect," she said.

Duncan agreed that


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