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March 30, 2012

Arkansas to Receive $5.7 Million in New Funding to Turn Around More of Its Lowest-Achieving Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that Arkansas will receive $5.7 million to turn around more of its persistently lowest-achieving schools through the U.S. Education Department's School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.

February 29, 2012

26 More States and D.C. Seek Flexibility from NCLB to Drive Education Reforms in Second Round of Requests

Twenty-six new states and the District of Columbia have formally submitted requests to the U.S. Department of Education for waivers from key provisions of No Child Left Behind. This adds to the 11 states that the Obama Administration announced earlier this month had developed and agreed to implement bold education reforms in exchange for relief from burdensome federal mandates.

February 22, 2012

Statement from Education Secretary Arne Duncan

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today issued the following statement on North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue's announcement to extend early childhood education to 2,000 at-risk North Carolina children:

February 7, 2012

Fighting the Wrong Education Battles

I was pleased to hear that today's event in the Askwith lecture series was sold-out. But I hope that no one here today is under the impression that they are going to hear from Lady Gaga. I'm the warm-up act—she is later this month.

January 26, 2012

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the New MDRC Study, 'Sustained Positive Effects on Graduation Rates Produced by New York City's Small Public High Schools of Choice'

“This new, rigorous study by MDRC of New York City’s ambitious experiment with small public high schools underscores the great potential to replace failing schools for disadvantaged students with schools that instead narrow achievement and attainment gaps. MDRC’s study is important and encouraging on several fronts.

ESEA Flexibility Requests and Related Documents

This page provides access to ESEA Flexibility Requests submitted by states, and other related documents.

December 23, 2011

Department of Education Awards $200 Million to Seven States to Advance K-12 Reform

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that seven states -Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania- will each receive a share of the $200 million in Race to the Top Round 3 (RTT3) fund to advance targeted K-12 reforms aimed at improving student achievement.

November 16, 2011

$200 Million Now Available for Race to the Top Round Three

Starting this week, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina can apply for a share of the $200 million Race to the Top round three fund.

November 2, 2011

Siding with Students

Good evening and thank you for inviting me here to Rhode Island to talk about the challenges and the opportunities to improve education and strengthen our economy.

President Obama and I believe deeply that education and the economy are inextricably linked. American cannot thrive in the new century without a skilled and educated workforce.

October 20, 2011

35 States, D.C. and Puerto Rico Submit Applications for the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge

The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services announced today that 35 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico submitted applications for the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, a $500 million state-level competitive grant program to improve early learning and development.

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