I have been proud to serve President Obama and this administration since day one, but today was one of my proudest days. The actions that the President is taking and proposing to reduce gun violence echo what America's educators say they need to better protect and support students in school and in their communities.
"I was deeply troubled to learn today about another episode of gun violence in America's schools– this time at Taft Union High School in Kern County, California.
Thanks to the Chavez Middle School band and the Thomas Elementary school children's choir. Thank you for that beautiful music.
It's a bittersweet day today. We need to listen carefully to the voices of children at this moment. We need to savor their innocence, and applaud their unquenchable appetite for self-expression and renewal.
Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to Teachers, Principals, and School Administrators in the Aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings
At this time of unbearable grief over the senseless slaughter of 20 first-graders and six school staff members, I want to take a moment to thank the extraordinary educators, school leaders, and school staff who protected children at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Newtown, Connecticut, School Shootings
"School shootings are always incomprehensible and horrific tragedies. But words fail to describe today's heartbreaking and savage attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As the father of two children in elementary school, I can barely imagine the anguish and losses suffered today by the Newtown community.
"My thoughts are with the Perry Hall High School communitystudents, families and facultyin this difficult time.
"Gun violence has no place anywhere, least of all in our nation's schools. I'd like to thank the local educators and law enforcement personnel who took action to help prevent additional students from getting hurt.
Statement from U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on the Student Non-Discrimination Act and the Safe Schools Improvement Act
Thank you, Kevin, for that generous introduction.
This is an important day in so many respects. It is the very first federal summit on bullying. We have an extraordinary range of NGOs, corporate leaders, state and local officials on hand, as well as the members of the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Working Group.
Today, the Department posted a summary of state laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines regarding the use of restraint and seclusion techniques in schools: http://www.ed.gov/policy/seclusion/seclusion-state-summary.html. The summary is a result of U.S.
Statement by Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Joint Study on School Crime and Safety
"The study released today shines a light on a problem too often in the darkyouth violence. Schools should be safe havens where young people can learn and prosper, and anything less than that is unacceptable. We've met with students affected by the fatal beating of Derrion Albert in Chicago and brought teens struggling with the issue of dating violence here to Washington.