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January 19, 2010

40 States, D.C., Submit Applications in Phase 1 Race to the Top Competition

Today the Department of Education announced that 40 states and the District of Columbia submitted applications to be considered for Phase 1 of the Race to the Top competition. Race to the Top is the department's $4.35 billion fund to dramatically re-shape America's educational system to better engage and prepare our students for success in a competitive 21st century economy and workplace.

January 15, 2010

Duncan Speaks at Dr. King's Church on 81st Birthday of the Legendary Civil Rights Leader

To a full house of more than 1000 elementary, high school and college students who gathered to celebrate the 81st birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan challenged America to realize King's vision through education.

January 15, 2010

Statement in Support of the People of Haiti

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued the following statement in support of the people of Haiti:

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December 28, 2009

Education Department Announces Second Round of Public Meetings Seeking Advice from Experts on Ways to Improve Assessments

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it will hold a second round of public input meetings to listen to and learn from assessment experts and practitioners. To date the department has convened seven meetings in three cities (Boston, Atlanta and Denver).

December 17, 2009

Duncan Appoints Six Members to National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the Department’s six appointments to the newly constituted National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI).

December 16, 2009

Department of Education Video Highlights School Counselor Jobs Saved in Fairfax County, Va

The U.S. Department of Education today released a six-minute video about three school counselors whose jobs were saved by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The video can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDjlB9l8O7Y.

December 10, 2009

Three Students Win Video Contest Hosted by U.S. Department of Education and YouTube

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that the following students are winners of its “I Am What I Learn” video contest: Rene Harris, Alex Hughes and Jordan Lederman.

December 10, 2009

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 dark—youth 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.

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December 10, 2009

Duncan Calls on State Legislators to Lift Barriers to Reform

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan urged state legislators to become leaders of the school reform movement and urged them to carefully review their education codes to identify places where state law is impeding reform.

December 9, 2009

Using Technology and Personal Touch, Department of Education Opens Government

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the U.S. Department of Education have embraced President Obama’s vision of an open government. The secretary has travelled the country to listen to people’s ideas for education reform, and the department is using technology to provide the public with data to track federal spending and to evaluate colleges and universities.

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