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October 6, 2014

31 Organizations Pledge Support for Teach to Lead Boston, Denver and Louisville selected as sites for first “Teacher Leader Summits”

WASHINGTON — October 6, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Education and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced today that 31 organizations have joined the Teach to Lead initiative as supporters in the effort to advance student learning by expanding opportunities for teacher leadership.

October 2, 2014

U.S. Department of Education Invests Nearly $96 Million to Ensure All Students Have Same Opportunities to Learn, Achieve and Succeed

The U.S. Department of Education announced today nearly $96 million in grants to ensure every student—regardless of wealth, zip code, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or disability—has the same opportunities to learn and achieve.

October 1, 2014

U.S. Education Secretary Announces Guidance to Ensure All Students Have Equal Access to Educational Resources

All students—regardless of race, color, national origin or zip code—deserve a high-quality education that includes resources such as academic and extracurricular programs, strong teaching, technology and instructional materials, and safe school facilities. Today, U.S.

September 30, 2014

Department Awards $75 Million in "First in the World" Grants to 24 Colleges and Universities

To drive innovations in higher education that increase college completion, value and affordability, the Education Department today awarded $75 million to 24 colleges and universities under the new "First in the World" (FITW) grant program.

September 30, 2014

U.S. Department of Education Announces 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today recognized 337 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014 based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. These schools demonstrate that all students can achieve to high levels.

September 25, 2014

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Attorney General Eric Holder

"It has been a true honor to work with Eric Holder, and I know he will remain an ally in the fight for justice and equal opportunity for every student in America. Eric understands -- at a very deep, personal level -- the costs to families, communities and our country when students do not have equal access to educational opportunities.

September 25, 2014

24 New Teacher Quality Partnership Grants Totaling More Than $35 Million Awarded to Recruit, Train and Support More Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Teachers

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the award of $35 million for 24 new partnerships between universities and high-need school districts that will recruit, train and support more than 11,000 teachers over the next five years—primarily in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields—to improve student achievement.

September 24, 2014

U.S. Department of Education Awards $3.9 Million to Partnerships to Support Underrepresented Students in Gifted and Talented Programs

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $3.9 million to partnerships of postsecondary institutions and school districts that focus on increasing the number of minority and other underrepresented students in gifted and talented programs.