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He urged all parents to contribute to their child’s school, whether it’s through donations and volunteering, helping coach a team or keeping kids on track with their assignments.

"I always say parents are their children’s first teachers, and I think, by definition, their most important teachers," he said.

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Duncan said his two children, who are in public schools, continue their learning in the evening through Khan Academy, an organization that offers thousands of free lessons online. He said making sure children in disadvantaged communities have access to technology will be critical.

"To me, that’s a huge part of creating a more equal educational system," he said.

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