“I’m optimistic that, as a country, there is a realization that the success of our public education system is so central to our long-term future that we cannot afford to slide backwards. We achieved a high school graduation rate of 83 percent because we’ve seen significant reductions in the dropout rates for African-American and Latino students. We can’t go back from that. And we’ve got 10 percent of our students around the country who are English language learners. Our success as a country depends on those students having excellent educational opportunities. We can’t go backwards on that.” – Education Secretary John B. King Jr.