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December 5, 2012

Remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the Fourth White House Tribal Nations Conference

Thank you, Mr. Hill, for delivering that wonderful opening invocation. I can't tell you how pleased and honored I am to join you again for the fourth White House Tribal Nations Conference.

Duncan Announces Pilot Program to Increase State-Tribal Collaboration

This entry is cross-posted from the blog.

Providing the tools and flexibility to bolster successful education reforms at the community level has been the goal of the Obama Administration. From Race to the Top to NCLB flexibility, the Department of Education knows that one-size-fits-all policies don’t meet the needs of every school, student, teacher and parents.

This same approach is taken in a new pilot program announced this week by Secretary Duncan. The new program, “State-Tribal Education Partnership,” or STEP, will award $1.9 million in competitive grants to tribal education agencies to perform some state-level functions for certain federal grant programs.

When announcing the pilot program, Secretary Duncan noted that, “tribal leaders, teachers, and parents, are best-suited to identify and address the needs of their children.”

The STEP pilot program application is available at (search for CFDA number 84.415) and will be due on July 13, 2012.

Click here for more information, and watch Secretary Duncan announce the pilot program:

May 29, 2012

Department Launches New $2 Million Pilot Program to Support State-Tribal Education Partnerships

The U.S. Department of Education today announced the launch of the “State-Tribal Education Partnership” – or STEP – pilot program, which will award $1.9 million in competitive grants to tribal education agencies (TEAs) to increase their role in the education of American Indian and Alaska Native students.

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