04/03/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Arne Duncan Calls New Orleans Mayor To Explain Hurricane Katrina Comment

Education Secretary Arne Duncan called New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin on Friday to explain his comment to a television interviewer that Hurricane Katrina was "the best thing that happened to the education system" in the city, according to a mayoral aide.

"The secretary reached out to the mayor," James Ross, Nagin's deputy communications director, said Monday. "I believe it was Friday evening."

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