October 2012

October 31, 2012

Education Secretary Urges Colleges to Adjust Application Deadlines for Students Impacted by Hurricane Sandy

Today, Education Secretary Arne Duncan encouraged colleges, universities and scholarship programs across the country to consider extending their early November application deadlines to accommodate students who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy and who may be experiencing unexpected hardships.

October 29, 2012

UPDATE: Race to the Top-District Application Deadline Extended


For districts in states affected by Hurricane Sandy and for which the President has issued a major disaster declaration or an emergency declaration, the new Race to the Top-District deadline is 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.

October 26, 2012

All Eligible States Apply for Second Round of Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge

Today the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that all five eligible states—Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconsin—have submitted applications for the second round of Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge.

October 18, 2012

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Afterschool Alliance's Lights on Afterschool Celebration

U.S. Secretary of Education today issued the following statement on the Afterschool Alliance's nationwide Lights on Afterschool celebration.

October 17, 2012

Obama Administration Approves Idaho’s Request for NCLB Flexibility

The Obama Administration today approved Idaho’s request for flexibility from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in exchange for state-developed plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership.

October 15, 2012

31 Organizations Honored at Together for Tomorrow Challenge Event

Today, the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recognized 24 organizations from across the nation as Together for Tomorrow (TFT) Challenge winners for the 2012-2013 school year. Together for Tomorrow is a joint initiative of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships together with the U.S.

October 9, 2012

U.S. Department of Education Officials to Visit Nearly 40 Schools to Learn from School Principals

Deb Delisle, assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education, and Brenda Dann-Messier, assistant secretary for vocational and adult education, visited schools in the Washington, D.C., metro area today to learn from exemplary school principals as they exercise their role as instructional leaders and manage the day-to-day operation of their schools.

October 9, 2012

U.S. Department of Education Announces New App to Identify U.S. Currency

The U.S. Department of Education announced today the launch of the “IDEAL Currency Identifier,” a free downloadable application (app) to assist individuals who are blind or visually impaired to denominate U.S. currency on some mobile devices.

October 5, 2012

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued the following statement today on World Teachers' Day

World Teachers’ Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of teachers across the globe. Education is recognized worldwide as the most important driver of economic growth and social change, and teachers are the ones leading the way.

October 5, 2012

U.S. Education Department Awards Nearly $2 Million to Tribal Education Agencies to Improve Education for American Indian and Alaska Native Students

The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of four competitive grants totaling nearly $2 million to tribal education agencies (TEAs), under the State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP) program.

October 3, 2012

U.S. Department of Education Announces Grants Totaling More Than $1.2 Million to Charter Schools

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded seven Charter School Exemplary Collaboration grants totaling more than $1.2 million to support collaboration between public charter schools, traditional public schools and school districts. Funds will be used to deepen the collaborations and share lessons learned with the education field.

October 2, 2012

$3.2 Million in Grants Awarded for Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

Today the U.S. Department of Education announced the award of the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) grants, totaling more than $3.2 million, to 34 institutions of higher education.

October 2, 2012

Secretary Duncan, White House Officials Join Disability Stakeholders in Commemorating Anniversary of Key Civil Rights Law

Leaders from the disability community joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and other senior officials from the White House and the Education Department Monday for a panel discussion celebrating the 39th anniversary of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

October 2, 2012

Education Secretary Outlines Progress and Challenges Ahead

Education Secretary Arne Duncan told an audience at the National Press Club today that the country is more focused on improving education than ever before and saluted teachers, parents, students and community leaders for embracing real change in a challenging economy.

October 1, 2012

Education Department Announces $11 Million for 40 Additional Upward Bound Projects to Help Students Access and Succeed in Higher Education

The U.S. Department of Education announced its second set of awards for 40 Upward Bound projects, which will help close to 3,000 students acquire the knowledge and skills they need to access and succeed in college. They are designed to increase both the high school graduation and college completion rates of low-income, first-generation students.

September 28, 2012

Department Awards $14.3 Million for 51 Grants to Boost Veterans’ Success in Higher Education

Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced the award of $14,392,377 for 51 Veterans Upward Bound projects, which will help some 6,831 veterans acquire the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in college.

October 1, 2012

$24 Million in Grants Awarded to 22 States to Improve Training Systems to Help Children with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education announced today the award of $24 million in grants to 22 states to improve personnel training systems to help children with disabilities.