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August 28, 2013

Obama Administration Releases Final Application for 2013 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge

Today the Obama Administration released the final application for the second Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) competition, which will provide approximately $280 million in state-level competitive grants to improve the quality of early learning and development programs and close educati

August 27, 2013

More than $28 Million in Grants Awarded to 42 States to Cover Fees Charged to Low-Income Students for Taking AP Tests

The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of more than $28.8 million in grants to 42 states to cover a portion of the fees charged to low-income students for taking advanced placement (AP) tests.

August 26, 2013

U.S. Department of Education Announces New Hampshire, Hawaii, and Idaho Receive $5.2 Million to Continue Efforts to Turn Around Lowest-Performing Schools

Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that New Hampshire, Hawaii, and Idaho will receive approximately $5.2 million to continue efforts to turn around their persistently lowest achieving schools through the Department's School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.

August 22, 2013

Education and Justice Departments Announce New Research Showing Prison Education Reduces Recidivism, Saves Money, Improves Employment

Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced research findings showing that, on average, inmates who participated in correctional education programs had 43 percent lower odds of returning to prison than inmates who did not.

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August 20, 2013

Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Request for Pennsylvania

The Obama Administration today approved the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for a waiver 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.

August 20, 2013

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on NPSAS:12

"The findings in the latest NPSAS report confirm the important role of federal financial aid in providing students with the opportunity to pursue higher education. Federal grants and loans help students realize the American dream, opening the door to opportunity for students who would never be able to get a college education without financial support.

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August 19, 2013

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Tennessee Making Changes to Teacher Licensure Policy

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued the following statement today in support of Tennessee's decision to make changes to its teacher licensure policy:

August 19, 2013

U.S. Department of Education Announces "Strong Start, Bright Future" Back-to-School Bus Tour with Stops Around the Southwest

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and senior Department officials will visit states throughout the Southwest for "Strong Start, Bright Future," the Department's annual back-to-school bus tour from Monday, Sept. 9, to Friday, Sept. 13. The tour will kick off in New Mexico before heading to Texas, Arizona, and California.

August 16, 2013

U.S. Department of Education Awards $12.3 Million in Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grants

The U.S. Department of Education awarded $12.3 million to 35 schools districts in 17 states across the country to establish or expand counseling programs. Grantees will use funds to support counseling programs in targeted elementary schools.