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October 8, 2009

New Assistant Secretaries Joining U.S. Education Department

WASHINGTON -- Today, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan congratulated the following individuals for being confirmed by the Senate on Monday, Oct. 5 as assistant secretaries for the Department of Education: Brenda Dann-Messier, assistant secretary for vocational and adult education; and Alexa E. Posny, assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services.

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October 7, 2009

Attorney General and Education Secretary Call for National Conversation on Values and Student Violence

Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan today joined with Chicago city officials to call for a national conversation on values to address youth violence in the wake of the fatal beating of a Chicago high school student. The announcement followed meetings with City officials, community leaders, students, and parents.

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October 6, 2009

Statement by U.S. Education Secretary Duncan on National Disability Employment Awareness Month

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today issued the following statement in support of President Obama's proclamation of October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month:

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October 6, 2009

U.S. Secretary of Education Announces National Competition to Invest in Innovation

Clarification: The final application for Race to the Top will be available in late fall.

October 1, 2009

$21.8 Billion Distributed to Promote Educational Improvement

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today the distribution of more than $21.8 billion in formula grants to support state-administered programs that support teachers and help students reach high standards.

September 30, 2009

Education Secretary Duncan Announces $43 Million in Grants to Improve Teaching in High-Need Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the award of $43 million for 28 new five-year Teacher Quality Partnership grants to improve instruction in struggling schools. These grants will be used to reform traditional university teacher preparation and teacher residency programs.

September 29, 2009

$6.6 Million in Striving Readers Grants Awarded to help Struggling Readers

Eight states will receive $6.6 million in Striving Readers grants to improve the literacy skills of struggling adolescent readers, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today.

September 25, 2009

Student Art Exhibit from Chesterfield, Virginia to be displayed at U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education introduced art created by 37 students from Chesterfield County, Va. schools today in a ceremony welcoming the students and their art at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Education Building, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., in Washington, D.C.

September 24, 2009

Secretary Duncan Says Rewrite of 'No Child Left Behind' Should Start Now; Reauthorization Can't Wait

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today said that the $24.8 billion in federal funds available annually to the nation's schools should support reforms that prepare students for success in college and careers.

September 23, 2009

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan Issues Statement on Report on High School Dropout and Completion Rates

“President Obama says, 'When you drop out of school, you're not just quitting on yourself, you're quitting on your country'. We need to educate our way to a better economy, and we won't be able to do that if one in four kids who enter high school aren't graduating within four years.

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