Education Secretary visits FergusonCasey Nolen, KSDK 11:17 p.m. CST December 16, 2014
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. - Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan toured the St. Louis-area meeting with students, teachers, and activists.
Duncan said the purpose of his trip was to listen and learn what role education should play in solving many of the issues brought to light in the months after the death of Michael Brown and the protests that followed.
"This is a day...that we're never going to forget," said Sec. Duncan of his trip with other education and government officials including U.S. Representative Lacy Clay (D-Missouri).
"The challenges are real. They're huge. They're gut wrenching," said Duncan after meeting with students at Riverview Gardens High School and Clyde C. Miller Career Academy High School. "They hurt you in your heart."
Duncan said education can play a role in not rebuilding but building "from scratch" relationships between police and many of young people he met whom Duncan says want to understand police and police to understand them.
He also talked about the value of early childhood education and the resources schools need to provide it. And he discussed the issues of disparity in education often times from one zip code to the next.
"I don't think anyone in this community can be proud of what happened here," said Duncan. "But there could be tremendous pride in what the community does in response to these devastating realities."Watch the segment here.