Education Secretary Talks Economy In Vegas

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told an audience in Las Vegas the United States needs to educate its way to a stronger economy to compete globally.

Duncan said Tuesday that the nation can only strengthen its economy by educating young people. His remarks came during a  town hall at the College of Southern Nevada’s Cheyenne campus. Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Dan Klaich moderated the event.

Duncan also spoke earlier in the day about student debt and the cost of college at the Federal Student Aid Fall Conference at the MGM Grand. About 8,000 financial aid workers from more than 2,000 colleges and universities were slated to attend the conference.

Duncan is promoting President Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act, which would earmark money for schools.

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