Arne Duncan

Arne Duncan Says All America’s Violent Youth Need is Jobs

By on 5.14.15 | 5:09PM

It seems that Marie Harf isn't the only one who thinks that a job creation program is necessary to quell violence that doesn't actually stem from a lack of job creation programs. 

Today, in a speech to the Summit on Youth Violence, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan noted that, while gang violence is a tricky situation to address, when he comes home to Chicago, he meets with gang leaders and they tell him that they would definitely put down their guns and abandon their violent ways, if only there was a job they could get up for every morning.

 Education Secretary Arne Duncan said on Tuesday that he has met with gang leaders in his hometown of Chicago and they’ve told him that it’s a lack of jobs that keeps them on the streets.

“We have to have jobs for young people,” Duncan said at the National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention in Crystal City, Va. “I probably shouldn’t say this in a room like this, but occasionally when I go home I’ll sit down with some of the gang leaders – back home in Chicago.”

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Arne Duncan City Limits

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A miracle worker is the last thing the U.S. Secretary of Education has been or can be.