Duncan visits Durham school that helps faltering youth

Posted May 2, 2011 4:00 a.m. EDT
Updated May 2, 2011 6:35 p.m. EDT

— U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited one of a handful of North Carolina high schools designed to give faltering students intensive help to graduate.

Duncan visited the Durham Performance Learning Center on Monday. The school guides about 200 students to a high school diploma.

The school works to provide individual help to students who have gotten behind because of learning difficulties, family problems or previous lack of interest. It also allows students to take classes online and participate in internships.

Duncan also attended a closed meeting in Cary with about a dozen governors to talk about education.

Duncan was joined by U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, who said she would promote legislation to reward schools with more money and attention for success in boosting students' performance.

The School Turnaround and Rewards (STAR) Act will target the bottom 5 percent of schools in each state. 

"The STAR Act will provide our teachers, principals and communities with the support they need to change the status quo," Hagan said in a statement.