Arne Duncan on Minnesota's achievement gap

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan
Pre-school teacher Jody Bohrer and her students in Bloomington, Minn. gave U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan a poster during a classroom visit on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. At Duncan's left is Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius.
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President Barack Obama is promising to work more closely with the new Republican majority in Congress, but he's sure to encounter some conflict over education policy.

Many Republicans disagree with the administration's "Race to the Top" program, which awards achievement grants to public school districts.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan joined The Daily Circuit earlier this week to talk about whether the federal government can do anything about an urgent problem like Minnesota's achievement gap.