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October 3, 2014

Prepared remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Joplin High School and the Franklin Technology Center, Joplin, Missouri

Thank you for that kind introduction.

I visited Joplin not long after the tornado struck. And the devastation of the storm was seared throughout the community. But what you have accomplished here, together, is nothing short of amazing.

Two Charter Schools Program Competitions Announced

Last year, when the Department announced 20 grants awarded for the Charter Schools Program (CSP) Non-SEA program competitions, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said; "High-quality charter schools across the country are making amazing differences in our children's lives. These grantees serve a range of students, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and prepare them for college and careers." The Non-SEA (State education agency) competitions provide support for charter schools located in states that are not receiving funds from the CSP's SEA competition; currently 19 States and the District of Columbia receive SEA funding. Non-SEA grant funds support planning and implementation of program designs for new or existing charter schools or the sharing and dissemination of information about best practices for charter schools.

Last week, CSP announced the start of the 2013 competition with the publication of two Non-SEA notices inviting applicants (NIA) in the Federal Register. Since its inception, CSP has worked to increase understanding of charter schools and to support high-quality charter schools in communities nationwide. The CSP team is excited for that work to continue this year with the non-SEA competitions. The Department plans to award up to $2 million to grantees of both the Non-SEA Planning, Program Design and Implementation and the Non-SEA Dissemination competitions, and estimates making between 10 and 14 awards.

September 28, 2012

Education Department Awards $52 Million in Grants to 22 Comprehensive Centers to Advance Reform Goals and Student Achievement

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that 22 Comprehensive Centers across the country have been awarded a total of $52 million to increase the capacity of states to help districts and schools meet student achievement goals.

March 30, 2012

Pennsylvania to Receive $19.6 Million in New Funding to Turn Around More of Its Lowest-Achieving Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that Pennsylvania will receive $19.6 million to turn around more of its persistently lowest-achieving schools through the U.S. Education Department's School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.

November 30, 2010

Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings to Visit North Carolina to Meet with American Indian Students, Parents, Education Officials, Tribal Leaders

Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will visit North Carolina Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, to meet with American Indian students, parents, education officials and tribal leaders. They will discuss education challenges facing American Indian students—from a rural to an urban perspective.

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