U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and other public figures will deliver remarks at the release of a report from America's Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises and Johns Hopkins University's Everyone Graduates Center entitled, "Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic."
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that eight states will receive millions of dollars to support education jobs.
"There is a huge sense of urgency to get these funds out the door," said Duncan. "These education dollars will help these states keep thousands of teachers in the classroom working with our students this school year."
Sousa Middle School in Washington, DC has long been considered one of the worst schools in the District – in 2008, only 23 percent of its students were proficient in reading, 17 percent in math. After implementing the Transformation Model in the fall of 2008, reading proficiency at Sousa rose to 39 percent, and math to 42 percent in 2009 -- the biggest achievement gains of any D.C.
Working Together for Early Learning: Secretary Arne Duncan's Remarks at "Early Childhood 2010 -- Innovation for the Next Generation" Meeting
Good morning it's a pleasure to join my good friend Secretary Sebelius in welcoming you to Washington for this important meeting.
Thank you all for the challenging and meaningful work you do on behalf of this nation's children and families.
This meeting's purpose is to drive innovations that will unlock the great potential of new generations of Americans.
The American story is all about extraordinary people who meet the challenges of their times with determination, courage and vision. From the heroes of the American Revolution to the heroes of our transformative social movements -- our nation was shaped by bold men and women who overcome resistance, fear and dissent to build alliances that advance our collective welfare.