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The Associated Press reported on an address by the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the 2012 NCAA convention. Duncan urged the nation’s major institutions to put some of the revenue earned from football and men’s basketball championships into an education fund.

Duncan praised recent policies adopted by the association membership, including tougher academic standards for athletes, making graduation rates commensurate with postseason eligibility, offering additional money to cover living expenses and scholarships that cannot be taken away because of poor performances on the field.

“A couple of these things are steps in the right direction, and I think the NCAA has moved faster than people expected,” Duncan said. “I think the p­­roblems are very real, and I think the cost of inaction is very high.”

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