Duncan “Schools” on the Court

“Arne Duncan is takin’ everyone back to school,” the NBA tweeted during last Friday’s All-Star Celebrity game. (Click here to watch Arne make a great pass.) Duncan ended the game with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 steals, and while the Secretary helped lead the East to a win, Duncan noted on Twitter that while he felt good about the game, he didn’t feel good about the dropout rate, where every 26 seconds another student drops out of school.

The Celebrity All-Star game was just one stop in a busy schedule during a visit to Orlando last Friday. Duncan started the day at the NBA Technology Summit where he joined a panel to discuss the importance of STEM and the need for more successful minority tech entrepreneurs to be role models for young people. Arne then took part in NBA Cares’ All-Star Day of Service where he helped build a playground.

Duncan also joined Joshua DuBois, special assistant to the President and executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, at Memorial Middle School in Orlando to announce Together for Tomorrow, a new Obama Administration initiative to spotlight existing and spur new community engagement in turning around persistently low-performing schools. Read more here.

Following the town hall, Secretary Duncan joined the actor and hip hop artist Common to talk with 8th graders about the importance of working hard and graduating. Watch the video:

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