Duncan Promises Colleges Attention to Cutting Costly Red Tape

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Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he's willing to make a deal with colleges: less red tape in exchange for progress in improving student performance.

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Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he's willing to make a deal with colleges: less red tape in exchange for progress in improving student performance.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan promised on Tuesday to work on reducing regulatory reporting burdens on colleges, saying he would gladly cut federal red tape if institutions, in return, showed greater progress on improving student performance.

"I'm more than willing to exchange that," Mr. Duncan told college leaders at the annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities here.

The secretary offered the commitment in an area in