Duncan's comments came in the wake of a school shooting Friday in Sante Fe, Texas, which left 10 dead, mostly students.
The U.S. secretary of education will speak to lawmakers on the House education committee on Tuesday about the department's "policies and priorities."
Eight organizations—representing state chiefs, parents, local superintendents, and principals as well as school social workers, counselors, and psychologists—want U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to give their members a voice when it comes to the work of the president's school safety commission.
Congressional Democrats held a forum on various civil rights issues in education on the 64th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case that prohibited laws establishing segregated schools.
The briefing, which was not open to the public, was intended to help lay the groundwork for work of the administration's school safety commission. The panel is charged with finding solutions for mass shootings in schools.
The Trump administration wants to push school choice for military families. But it doesn't support a proposal to use some Impact Aid funding to help expand school choice to military-connected children, an administration official told Education Week.
School officials urged federal lawmakers to update the law governing the handling and disclosure of student data in a House hearing, saying that it must provide more clarity to education leaders.
Two nonprofits that work with states suggest in a new report that they develop procedures to build evidence and establish outside partnerships, among other strategies to vet school improvement ideas.
Senators confirmed Mick Zais, the former state schools chief for South Carolina and a retired Army brigadier general, by a 50-48 vote on Wednesday.
That brings the number of states with approved plans to 44, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Still awaiting the OK: California, Florida, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Utah