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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.

September 24, 2014

New Data Shows a Lower Percentage of Students Defaulting on Federal Student Loans

NOTE TO EDITORS: There will be a background call today at 12:30 to discuss the FY 2011 cohort default rates. Media who are interested in joining the call may dial 800-857-9712. The passcode is “education”

September 23, 2014

U.S. Department of Education Invests More Than $70 Million to Improve School Climate and Keep Students Safe

To help keep students safe and improve their learning environments, the U.S. Department of Education awarded more than $70 million to 130 grantees in 38 states.

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September 22, 2014

New GEAR UP Grants Awarded to Help More than 116,000 Students Get on the Pathway for Success in College

U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the award of $82 million for 41 grants under Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) that will help 116,000 at-risk students to prepare for college and receive the support they need to achieve success in postsecondary education.

September 11, 2014

U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $14.7 Million in Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grants

The U.S. Department of Education awarded more than $14.7 million to 40 school districts in 20 states across the country to establish or expand counseling programs. Grantees will use funds to support counseling programs in elementary and secondary schools.

September 5, 2014

Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Extension Requests for the District of Columbia and Tennessee

The Obama Administration announced today that the District of Columbia and Tennessee have received a one-year extension for flexibility from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

September 4, 2014

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Retirement of Xavier University President Dr. Norman Francis

"Dr. Norman Francis has served as president of Xavier University since 1968, making him the longest tenured leader of any university in America. Dr. Francis is truly a model of leadership and service through adversity and of producing excellence by going above and beyond the expected responsibilities on any given role. Dr.

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September 3, 2014

U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $6.4 Million in Grants to Connecticut’s Newtown Public School District to Further Support Recovery Efforts

The U.S. Department of Education today announced it is awarding an additional $3.1 million to Newtown Public School District to help with ongoing recovery efforts over the next two school years in response to the tragic shootings at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012.