School is back in session for much of the country and “Power Players” joined First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at a “prep rally” at the high school where Martin Luther King Jr. graduated back in 1944 at the age of 14.
It’s all part of an effort to pump up the nation's students beginning another controversial year in American education.
Watching from the wings, the man on the hot seat: Education Secretary Arne Duncan, kicking off a motivational bus tour through the South.
At 6-foot-6, the former Harvard basketball team captain is the tallest member of President Obama's cabinet and a regular opponent in presidential hoops, even serving up fancy passes during the 2014 NBA All-Star weekend celebrity game.
But Duncan's day job and toughest battles are in the classroom, where his opponents are often teachers unions, and some parents, opposed to his "Common Core" approach that demands higher standards for students and accountability for those whoRead More »from Grading 'Common Core': Education Secretary Arne Duncan sticks up for controversial learning standards