The LA Times reports on Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's comments last week noting that public education in the state is "in crisis." The threat all education programs, including music and arts programs, is unlike anything our nation has ever seen. This is a very sobering read about a school system teetering on collapse:

Reporting from San Francisco — As California schools brace for billions of dollars in budget cuts, the nation's top education official warned Friday that the state's students were in peril, and he challenged politicians and educators to embrace difficult reforms.

"California used to lead the nation in education," said U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, speaking to dozens of mayors, superintendents and school board trustees at San Francisco City Hall.   

"Honestly, California has lost its way. The long-term consequences of that are very troubling.

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