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Education Secretary Praises NHLRC in Speech

In a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan singled out the "innovative" work of the National Heritage Language Resource Center.

In a speech on Wednesday to the Council on Foreign Relations on "International Engagement Through Education," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan praised the "innovative" work of the 15 U.S. language resource centers (LRCs) and singled out the National Heritage Language Resource Center at UCLA.

Duncan observed, "They sponsored their first international conference on heritage and community languages last February. The millions of heritage language speakers at varying levels of language proficiency in the U.S. represent a tremendous reserve of students and potential teachers who can put their skills to work improving our cultural understanding as well as our ability to compete, collaborate, preserve national security, and advance international peacekeeping efforts."

Read the full text of Duncan's speech. See video of Duncan's speech (NHLRC mention is at 18.43).