Rewarding effective teaching, expanding the learning time, collecting meaningful data, and transforming underperforming high schools are the four key areas the U.S. Department of Education (ED) plans to target in the next year, Education Secretary Arne Duncan told school stakeholders at the Center for American Progress's "Resource, Allocation, Reinvestment, and Education Reform" conference May 18.

School administrators and education policy leaders packed into the Grand Hyatt ballroom in Washington, D.C., to hear Duncan's plan and learn from experts who are ahead of the curve.

"Our flawed public education system fails to prepare all of America's students to meet the world's demanding educational


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