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Overheard during Secretary Duncan's visit
"Who are your heroes?” – question for the secretary from a fourth-grader at Sterling.

“My parents, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” – Secretary Duncan’s answer.


“I love year-round school. Please don’t boo me.” – Secretary Duncan, responding to a fourth-grader’s inquiry.


“Find friends who are helping you improve. Stay away from those who are trying to pull you down.” – Secretary Duncan’s advice to students.


“My job is to clone her!” – Secretary Duncan, upon hearing that Sterling teacher Jean Konzelmann can make her students do their homework.


“Fashion merchandising? Holy cow. How do I look?” – Secretary Duncan’s reaction to learning that a Sterling fourth-grader has mapped out her career.


“In our class, we helped Heidi. I mean, Haiti.” – A Sterling fourth-grader explaining community service at school.


“We want to turn pockets of excellence into systems of excellence.” – Secretary Duncan on his goals.


“Got still hands? You can’t make a mistake.” – Secretary Duncan’s response to a student who said he wants to be a brain surgeon.


“We’re going to give every child in the country a chance to go to a great school like you guys.” – Secretary Duncan to Sterling fourth-graders.


“He has the power to make a difference. He has taken the applecart and turned it upside down.” – Gov. Beverly Perdue, introducing Secretary Duncan.


“Poverty is not destiny.” – Secretary Duncan.


“We’ve had 50 different goal posts, 50 different standards.  Having 50 different yardsticks has not helped children and has not helped education. We need a common definition for success.” – Secretary Duncan.


“The best ideas are never going to come out of Washington, D.C.” – Secretary Duncan on how local districts have a key role in reform.


“I’m a fan of alternate licensure. I’m not interested in where great teachers come from, I’m interested in results.” – Secretary Duncan.


“This is hard work. But there’s a movement in this country that is stunning. We’ve crossed a line.” – Secretary Duncan.


“The eyes of the country are on this state. The eyes of the country are on this district. … So much is going right here. ” – Secretary Duncan on why he visited CMS.

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