Posted on July 20, 2012 by Under Secretary Martha Kanter
As the plane took off for Washington, DC and I leaned back in my seat reflecting on the convening in Minneapolis, I could almost see a golden halo around the Twin Cities region, a region of commitment, courage, dedication and promise! It might have been the sunset glow, but I think it was much more than that. The golden glow was certainly evident at the Minneapolis Club on the evening of June 7th where the Twin Cities United Way President and CEO Sarah Caruso brought to the table leaders from education, business, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The topic of discussion? How to close the achievement gap in the region’s P-12 schools by working together to accomplish much more than could ever be envisioned in silos.
Posted on May 10, 2012 by Phil Martin
We need your help.
On Thursday, May 10, the White House hosted a Financial Capability Summit to shine a spotlight on the importance of helping Americans, and particularly young Americans seeking a college education, make smart decisions about financial matters. One result is a new draft “Financial Capability Toolkit” – which is designed to be a resource guide to help schools, colleges, communities, and employers design a strategy to help students, workers, and community residents make wise decisions that put them on the path to a strong financial future. Leaders of this effort in the White House and here in the Department of Education want feedback on this toolkit before it is released in final form. Please check out these two sections – one for K-12 schools (link) and another for institutions of higher education (link) – and kindly share your reactions and suggestions below. In addition, please visit the White House website where you can, if desired, submit feedback on the entire document:
Posted on May 1, 2012 by Karen Gross
I had always thought of a crosswalk as that place in a road or street where there are markings designating where pedestrians can, more or less safely, walk from one side to another. That seems to be close to the current dictionary definition too.
What I did not realize, until I arrive at the Department of Education, is that the noun “crosswalk” and the verb (yes, verb) “to crosswalk” have expanded meanings the public and private sectors that do not even show up in dictionaries.
Posted on April 25, 2012 by Under Secretary Martha Kanter
Most people agree there is a lamentable lack of constructive, civil discourse in Washington, D.C. these days. So you can imagine how delighted I was to be interviewed early last month by Congressman John Tierney, (6th CD, MA), as his guest on the latest installment of “Conversations with Congressman Tierney.” Congressman Tierney is the only New England member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, which makes him a vital link between hundreds of colleges and thousands of students and the U.S. Department of Education. In our interview, Congressman Tierney asked me to review our Department’s progress in implementing the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA), which he co-authored in 2009 and which was incorporated into the Healthcare and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 which President Obama signed into law on March 30, 2010.