U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan warned Monday that Iowa's education system, once among the nation's best is slowly sinking into mediocrity and needs a dramatic overhaul, reports the Chicago Tribune.

 "Iowa at that time was absolutely at the mountaintop," said Duncan. "Today, the picture is quite different."

Duncan spoke Monday morning at an education summit organized by Gov. Terry Branstad, who also told the 1,700 people in attendance that Iowa's education standards need to be toughened…

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