Education Secretary Arne Duncan called on Congress to approve the appropriation of $23 billion to help schools avoid teacher layoffs during a visit Tuesday to a New York City charter school while promoting the administration's federal Race to the Top grant program. "The consequences of inaction are huge," he said. "We need emergency action and we need it now." Duncan visited several other schools and prodded New York state lawmakers -- who are debating whether to increase the number of charter schools allowed in the state -- to approve needed school reforms.
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