Racing to restore education standards: Arne Duncan on Race to the Top

Anna Fifield; video:

Arne Duncan, US education secretary, tells Anna Fifield, the FT’s US political correspondent, that the “Race to the Top” programme has led to a “quiet revolution” with 36 hard-up states implementing reforms simply in the hope of receiving federal funding. Despite opposition from teachers’ unions, Mr Duncan says the administration will continue to push for change, although it will not raise the proportion of education funding that comes from the federal government.