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August 14, 2009

Sharpton, Gingrich and Duncan Announce Education Tour

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and civil rights leader Al Sharpton will join Education Secretary Arne Duncan on a tour of four cities to highlight the Obama administration's efforts to reform public education, spur innovation and discuss challenges facing America's school systems.

August 14, 2009

Education Secretary Arne Duncan Proposes to Allow States to Use Up to $41 Million of Existing Title I and IDEA Funds to Effectively Administer, Monitor and Report Use of ARRA Funds

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today that the Education Department will publish a proposal in the Federal Register on Monday, Aug.

August 12, 2009

Obama Administration's Rural Tour Stops in Western Alaska

Four Cabinet secretaries brought the Obama Administration's Rural Tour to rural Alaska today, with stops in Bethel and Hooper Bay, representing the largest Cabinet-level delegation to visit the state.

August 11, 2009

Anchorage Receiving $1.2 Million Grant to Keep Alaska Native Students in School on Path to College and Careers

Providing targeted support to end the high school dropout crisis and support Alaska's rural communities, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced plans to award a three-year, $1.2 million grant to support Project Puqigtut in Anchorage public schools.

August 11, 2009

Statement from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Passing of Eunice Kennedy Shriver

I am deeply saddened by the news of Eunice Kennedy Shriver's passing. Eunice--inspired by her sister Rosemary--devoted most of her adult life to helping young people with disabilities reach their highest potential. Eunice understood that every young person can achieve when given a chance.

August 7, 2009

Updated Federal Guidelines for 2009 H1N1 Flu in Schools Offer Many Options

Updated federal guidelines offer state and local public health and school officials a range of options for responding to 2009 H1N1 influenza in schools, depending on how severe the flu may be in their communities.

August 6, 2009

$4.5 Million in Grants Awarded for Special Education Parent Information, Training Centers

The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of more than $4.5 million in grants to operate 16 special education parent information and training centers in 14 states, including targeted centers for American Indians and military families.

August 4, 2009

Secretary Duncan Announces 13 Teachers Selected for Teaching Ambassador Fellowships

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today that 13 teachers have been selected as Teaching Ambassador Fellows for 2009-2010. Three fellows will become full-time U.S. Department of Education employees for one year. Ten will participate part-time while remaining in their classrooms throughout the school year.

August 3, 2009

Secretary Duncan Sends Letter to Chief State School Officers on Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

Washington, DC — Late last week, Secretary Duncan sent a letter to Chief State School Officers encouraging each state to review their current policies and guidelines regarding the use of restraints and seclusion techniques in schools and if appropriate develop or revise them to ensure the safety of students.

August 3, 2009

Department of Education to Accelerate $11.37 Billion in Stimulus Funds

Washington, DC — U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that the Department will accelerate stimulus spending by making $11.37 billion in Title I, IDEA, and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) funding, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), available to states one month early to help save jobs and drive reform.