U.S. education secretary visits Chicago school

CHICAGO – U.S. Education Secretary Arne (AR'-nee) Duncan says a school on Chicago's lower west side could be a model of success.

Duncan visited Benito Juarez Community Academy on Monday to participate in a discussion with staff from the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

He lauded the school for boosting attendance and graduation rates. The head of the school's counseling department says the graduation rate is on track to hit 90 percent this year. The school is in Chicago's low-income, mostly Hispanic Pilsen neighborhood.

The former head of Chicago Public Schools also attended a dinner meeting at the Economic Club of Chicago, where he joined Wendy Kopp for a moderated wide-ranging discussion on education issues. Kopp is CEO of Teach for All and founder of Teach for America.