In DC, Duncan and Villaraigosa Praise LA

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Earlier this week in Washington, I was able to catch up with a number of familiar faces including President Obama’s Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

Asked about school progress in Los Angeles, Duncan expressed optimism for the gains LAUSD has made since Superintendent John Deasy took the helm.

“He has a powerful vision – and it’s promising,’ said Duncan. ‘He’s provided leadership and a real opportunity for students in LA to continue to improve.”

Duncan wasn’t the only one with Los Angeles schools on his mind.

Author with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

At a lunch on Sunday focused on community service, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa enumerated the improvement of LA schools, and called education the “civil rights issue of our time.” (See it here.)

Later, as one of the last guests to arrive a soiree hosted by Vernon and Ann Jordon, the Mayor was willing to talk about school performance progress, but was circumspect about whether he was offered the top post at Labor.