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October 15, 2009

U.S. Secretary of Education Releases Prepared Remarks to the National Association of State Boards of Education; Calling on State Leaders to Become Partners in Helping to Educate Children

Below are the prepared remarks that U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver on Friday, Oct. 16, at the National Association of State Boards of Education in Cincinnati, Ohio:

October 7, 2009

Make No Small Plans

Thank you, Terry, for that kind introduction. I've known Terry for years—and the work of the Chicago Community Trust was absolutely invaluable to me during my time as CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.

October 7, 2009

Building Safe and Healthy Communities

In recent weeks America has seen a side of Chicago that we all wish didn't exist. The graphic video of Fenger High School student Derrion Albert being fatally beaten is terrifying, heartbreaking and tragic. It shocks the conscience.

This bright and happy young honor student had his whole life ahead of him – but now it has been cut short by senseless violence.

October 6, 2009

U.S. Secretary of Education Announces National Competition to Invest in Innovation

Clarification: The final application for Race to the Top will be available in late fall.

October 1, 2009

$21.8 Billion Distributed to Promote Educational Improvement

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today the distribution of more than $21.8 billion in formula grants to support state-administered programs that support teachers and help students reach high standards.

September 29, 2009

$6.6 Million in Striving Readers Grants Awarded to help Struggling Readers

Eight states will receive $6.6 million in Striving Readers grants to improve the literacy skills of struggling adolescent readers, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today.

September 24, 2009

Secretary Duncan Says Rewrite of 'No Child Left Behind' Should Start Now; Reauthorization Can't Wait

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today said that the $24.8 billion in federal funds available annually to the nation's schools should support reforms that prepare students for success in college and careers.

September 24, 2009

Reauthorization of ESEA: Why We Can't Wait

Good morning and thank you so much for coming today.

As you know, this is the first of a series of public conversations our department is holding here in DC on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

September 23, 2009

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan Issues Statement on Report on High School Dropout and Completion Rates

“President Obama says, 'When you drop out of school, you're not just quitting on yourself, you're quitting on your country'. We need to educate our way to a better economy, and we won't be able to do that if one in four kids who enter high school aren't graduating within four years.

September 23, 2009

White House Hosts New Hampshire Town Hall on Importance of Fatherhood and Education

Today, as part of the continuing National Conversation on Fatherhood, Obama Administration officials made the second stop of a national initiative with a visit to Manchester, New Hampshire to focus on the importance of fathers in the education of their children. The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, in cooperation with The U.S.

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