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Obama’s education secretary dominates NBA All-Star celebrity game

February 25, 2012 |  8:52 am

Photo: United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (26) dribbles the ball downcourt past musician Ne-Yo (24) during the NBA All-Star celebrity basketball game on Friday in Orlando, Fla. Credit: Lynne Sladky / Associated PressGov. Jerry Brown met with Education Secretary Arne Duncan this week, hoping for some leeway for state schools facing pending federal sanctions.

By Brown’s own account, the meeting was not as productive as he had hoped, describing his relationship with the secretary as a “work in progress.”

The California governor has clashed with Duncan over the use of standardized testing to evaluate students and determine teacher pay and performance.

Within hours of his meeting with the California governor, Duncan headed to Orlando, Fla., to participate in the NBA’s celebrity All-Star game.

Comedian Kevin Hart was named the game's MVP, but Duncan, who played for Harvard where he was named a first-team Academic All-American and played professionally in Australia, had the best stat line of the night. He scored 17 points to go along with eight rebounds and five steals.

But for Brown, at least, Duncan provided no assists.

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-- Anthony York in Washington

Photo: United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan dribbles the ball during the NBA All-Star celebrity basketball game on Friday in Orlando, Fla. Credit: Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

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