April “School Days” Highlights Potential Increase in Student Loan Rate

In the just-released April 2012 edition of “School Days,” the monthly video journal of the U.S. Department of Education, President Obama calls for quick action by the Congress to avoid a dramatic increase in the interest rate for Federal college loans; Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announces the first-ever awards in the new U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools program; and a the Blueprint for Career and Technical Education outlines the Administration’s plans for transforming the programs that prepare students of all ages for the workplace of today.  And there’s much, much more.  Watch “School Days.”


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New “School Days” Features March Events at ED

The March 2012 edition of “School Days,” the U.S. Department of Education’s monthly video journal, looks at just-announced data on student progress at our nation’s lowest performing schools, Secretary Arne Duncan’s visit to the South by Southwest Festival, and a new tool to help high school guidance counselors make sure their students are applying for federal aid for college.  All that and much more are featured in this month’s “School Days.”


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What Happened in February at ED?

In the February edition of “School Days,” the U.S. Department of Education’s monthly video journal, President Obama names the first states to receive flexibility from the requirements of No Child Left Behind, Secretary Arne Duncan visits the Green Schools National Conference, the Administration proposes new education investments in the Fiscal Year 2013 budget, and ED unveils the RESPECT project aimed at transforming the teaching profession – and lots more.  Don’t miss clips from the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

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“School Days” Video Features Plans for Making College More Affordable

The January 2012 edition of “School Days,” the monthly video journal of the U.S. Department of Education, features President Obama’s State of the Union message and his plans for making college more affordable, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s challenge for college sports programs to strike a better balance between athletics and academics, a convening of State education leaders to talk about their Race to the Top plans, and a new performance piece called “Teachers’ Lounge” – and much more.  Watch “School Days”:


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“School Days” Features President Obama’s Speech Linking Education to Middle Class Prosperity

The December 2011 edition of “School Days,” the video journal of the U.S. Department of Education, is now online.  This month’s top stories include President Obama’s speech on the importance of education for middle class prosperity; Secretary Arne Duncan’s celebration of the teaching profession; and recent grants for education reform.

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New “School Days” Video Highlights First Group of States Seeking Waivers from NCLB

The latest edition of ED’s “School Days” video journal looks back at the month of November, and the lead story features the first states to seek waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act in exchange for broad reforms.  Other news includes Secretary Arne Duncan’s visits to Ohio, Kentucky, and Rhode Island; new grants for innovations in education; a just-published report showing that schools with low-income students aren’t getting their fair share of state and local funds; and much more.

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Latest “School Days” Video Features “Pay As You Go” Proposal on Student Loan Debt

President Obama’s “Pay as You Go” proposal to make college more affordable is the top story in the October 2011 edition of School Days, the U.S. Department of Education’s monthly video journal. Other topics featured include Secretary Arne Duncan’s visit to Puerto Rico, higher education summits with Indonesia and India, and West Coast town meetings with parents and teachers.

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September School Days Video Journal Highlights the American Jobs Act

News on what the American Jobs Act means for teachers and schools, a report on Secretary Arne Duncan’s back-to-school bus tour, and the winners of the 2011 Broad Prize are among the stories featured in the September edition of “School Days,” the U.S. Department of Education’s monthly video journal.   Watch it here:


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Latest “School Days” Video Features Secretary Duncan’s Tribal College Visit

The August 2011 edition of School Days, the U.S. Department of Education’s monthly video journal, is now online.   This month we feature the Obama Administration’s plans to give schools relief from some parts of the No Child Left Behind Act, Secretary Arne Duncan’s first Twitter Town Hall, ED employees talking about the recent earthquake, and a visit to a tribal college in South Dakota.

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“School Days” Video Journal Reports on Activities at ED in July

This week, the U.S. Department of Education released online the July 2011 of edition School Days, ED’s monthly video journal.   Highlights this month include a new web tool for comparing college costs, a visit from the State Teachers of the Year, the announcement of guidelines for the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge, and the appointment of new Teaching Ambassador Fellows. 

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School Days Highlights June at ED

This week, the U.S. Department of Education introduces School Days, a quick and casual look back at what went on at ED in the previous month.   The video journal covers a dozen large and small events featuring Secretary Arne Duncan and other ED staff, all in just a few minutes.

School Days’ first installment features Arne announcing the Administration’s plan to provide regulatory flexibility around No Child Left Behind (NCLB) if Congress does not complete work on a reauthorization bill before the August recess; the 2011 Presidential Scholars’ visit to Washington;  a farewell to the this year’s Teacher Ambassador Fellows; a graduation ceremony for the Project Search program for  high schools students with disabilities; and more.

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