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September 11, 2009

$12.4 Million Awarded to School Systems in 24 States, D.C. to Promote Instruction of Critical Foreign Languages

The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of more than $12.4 million in Foreign Language Assistance Program grants to local and state school systems in 24 states and the District of Columbia, aimed at promoting the instruction of foreign languages critical to national security.

September 4, 2009

Recovery Act Funds Accelerated to Save Jobs, Drive Reforms in Schools with Students in Greatest Need

Delivering unprecedented resources to states and school districts, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that more than $11 billion is now available to further save jobs and drive reforms.

September 3, 2009

U.S. Department of Education Closes Out Summer Reading Initiative—"Read to the Top!"—With Record Success

Despite busy schedules and summer heat, a record number of Cabinet members and senior administration officials joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for the Department's weekly reading initiative, “Read to the Top!” during June, July and August.

September 3, 2009

2009 Back-to-School Forecast -- Record Numbers of Students

More students are entering and returning to the nation’s schools and colleges than ever before, according to the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES).

In fact, as America's youth head back to classes, public elementary and secondary schools are preparing to serve a record 50 million students this fall with another 5.8 million attending private schools.

August 27, 2009

Education Department Provides More Than $3.4 million in Grants for Native Hawaiian Education Programs

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded more than $2.7 million to eight vocational education programs on Oahu and on the 'big island' of Hawaii to support career and technical education efforts helping Native Hawaiians.

August 26, 2009

Obama Administration Announces Historic Opportunity to Turn Around Nation's Lowest-Achieving Public Schools

Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced draft requirements for $3.5 billion in Title I School Improvement grants to turn around the nation's lowest performing schools.

August 26, 2009

Statement From Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Passing of Senator Kennedy

Senator Kennedy was a tireless agent of change on behalf of the American people. His passing marks a great loss for both the United States Senate and the Nation.

He dedicated his life in public service to ensuring fairness and opportunity for all people. I drew inspiration from Senator Kennedy throughout my career, and will miss his voice as a champion of education reform.

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August 25, 2009

Seven Colleges Share $1.75 Million to Increase College Enrollment, Completion for Veterans

The U.S. Education Department has awarded seven colleges $250,000 each to operate Veterans Upward Bound programs that help veterans develop academic and other skills needed to succeed in postsecondary education. The primary goal of the program is to increase the rate of enrollment and completion of postsecondary education programs.

August 25, 2009

Secretary Duncan Awards $6.3 Million to Colleges and Universities to Strengthen Minority Participation in STEM-Related Employment

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today that 32 colleges and universities have been awarded $6.3 million in grants to help underrepresented students earn doctoral degrees, strengthen science and engineering education, and better prepare students for careers in science and technology.

August 25, 2009

Secretary Duncan Commemorates 46th Anniversary of March on Washington, Helps Launch "Kids for King"

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