U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Tuesday said education reform must start with comprehensive change.
Duncan talked to NBC Miami from New York, where he was attending an NBC News hosted summit called Education Nation.
"Do unions have to change? Absolutely, but so does management, so do school boards. We all have to look in the mirror we and have to move outside our comfort zone, and say we're not just fighting for our children, we're fighting for our country,” Duncan said via satellite.
America's public schools are struggling, among 34 developed nations, American students rank 14th in reading, 17th in science and 25th in math. Meanwhile, a quarter of America's eighth graders cannot read at grade level.