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June 13, 2014

States Continue Progress During Second Year of Race to the Top

Today the U.S. Department of Education released Race to the Top state progress reports for seven states that received grants in the third round of the program: Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

June 10, 2014

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Regarding the Decision in Vergara v. California:

“For students in California and every other state, equal opportunities for learning must include the equal opportunity to be taught by a great teacher.

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June 3, 2014

U.S. Department of Education Announces $75 Million GEAR UP Competition

To focus on building successful practices aimed at improving college fit and college readiness for underrepresented, underprepared and low-income students across the country, the U.S.

June 2, 2014

U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance to Improve Educational Outcomes of Children and Youth in Foster Care

Today the U.S. Department of Education is releasing resources to emphasize and support the needs of foster care students.

May 28, 2014

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the passing of Maya Angelou:

"Maya Angelou was not just a phenomenal writer and artist – she was a teacher and mentor whose words will live on for generations. She once wrote, 'When you learn, teach, when you get, give.' Dr. Angelou certainly lived by that wisdom throughout her amazing life, and the world is a better place because of her."

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May 25, 2014

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the shootings near University of California, Santa Barbara

"My thoughts are with the community around the University of California, Santa Barbara, as it mourns the students killed in this senseless tragedy and keeps vigil with those who were injured. Instead of celebrating the end of the semester and the upcoming commencement ceremony, the campus is grieving.

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May 15, 2014

U.S. Department of Education Announces $75 Million First in the World Competition

To spur innovation in higher education aimed at helping more students access and complete a college degree or credential, the U.S. Department of Education announced today the availability of $75 million in the First in the World (FITW) program. Click here for the Federal Register notice.

May 14, 2014

Statement of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Strong Start for America’s Children Act Approval by the Senate HELP Committee

“Ensuring that every child has access to high-quality early learning is one of the most important things we can do for the future of our children and families, and our country.

May 14, 2014

U.S. Department of Education Issues Guidance on Obligations of Charter Schools to Comply with Federal Civil Rights Laws

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today released new guidance confirming that the same federal civil rights laws that apply to other public schools apply equally to public charter schools.

May 9, 2014

Statement from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon on Tufts University

"I congratulate Tufts University for taking swift action to cure its breach of its April 17 agreement with OCR, and I look forward to working with President Monaco and the university community to ensure the safety of all students on campus. I thank President Monaco for his leadership in this area, which should significantly benefit students at Tufts."