Protestors from across the nation journeyed to Washington, where they received 45 minutes of Arne Duncan’s time.

They told Duncan and President Obama’s education advisor, Roberto Rodriguez, that the closings in minority communities were harming the students and the communities, but Duncan said he had no control over the school closings.

Those are local matters.

Philadelphia is poised to close dozens of schools. Chicago is poised to close as many as 200 schools.

Duncan forgot for the moment that Race to the Top encourages “turnarounds” in which school closings is one of the options for schools with low test scores.

If he agrees with the protestors, he could change his strategy and he could speak out against plans to close more schools.

He might come up with creative ways to help schools that are struggling.