[caption id="attachment_27455" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Duncan is focusing on rural schools as stimulus funds flow to districts nationwide. "]Duncan is focusing on rural schools as stimulus funds flow to districts nationwide. [/caption]

Three days after his confirmation as U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan reportedly called Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, to arrange a conference call with 15 rural superintendents to hear what their needs were--and how the federal stimulus package could help meet those needs.

"We're excited that we have a Secretary of Education who listens to us,"...

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