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February 17, 2011

Alaska to Receive $1.64 Million to Turn Around Its Persistently Lowest-Achieving Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that Alaska will receive $1.64 million to continue to turn around its persistently lowest-achieving schools through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. The funds are part of $546 million available to states for the School Improvement Grant program in fiscal year 2010.

February 17, 2010

Secretary Duncan, Congressman Connolly Visit Riverside Elementary for One Year Anniversary of Recovery Act

Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly highlighted the positive impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) at Riverside Elementary School in Alexandria, Va. To date, Virginia has received $1,372,041,529 in stimulus funding which has been used to support over 5,000 jobs and drive reform.

February 12, 2010

New Jersey to Receive Nearly $360 Million in Additional Recovery Funds

U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that an additional $359,150,805 is now available for New Jersey under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. To date, New Jersey has received over $2 billion through the Recovery Act. The State recently reported that recovery dollars have been used to provide funding for nearly 16,000 education jobs from Oct.

February 1, 2010

President's Education Budget Signals Bold Changes for ESEA

President Obama's 2011 education budget signals a bold new direction for federal K-12 education policy with more competitive funding, more flexibility and a focus on the reforms likely to have the greatest impact on student success.

February 1, 2010

Recovery Act Recipients Report Funding Continues to Support over 300,000 Education Jobs

On Jan. 30, the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board released job numbers showing that Recovery Act education funding played a significant role in stabilizing the nation's economy and in staving off a major fiscal crisis in 2009.

January 27, 2010

U.S. Department of Education Releases New Report on Use of Data Systems to Support Reform

States and districts are making significant progress in building educational data systems and are starting to use that valuable data to change classroom practice and improve student achievement, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Education.

January 19, 2010

40 States, D.C., Submit Applications in Phase 1 Race to the Top Competition

Today the Department of Education announced that 40 states and the District of Columbia submitted applications to be considered for Phase 1 of the Race to the Top competition. Race to the Top is the department's $4.35 billion fund to dramatically re-shape America's educational system to better engage and prepare our students for success in a competitive 21st century economy and workplace.

January 15, 2010

Duncan Speaks at Dr. King's Church on 81st Birthday of the Legendary Civil Rights Leader

To a full house of more than 1000 elementary, high school and college students who gathered to celebrate the 81st birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan challenged America to realize King's vision through education.

January 15, 2010

Statement in Support of the People of Haiti

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued the following statement in support of the people of Haiti:

December 28, 2009

Education Department Announces Second Round of Public Meetings Seeking Advice from Experts on Ways to Improve Assessments

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it will hold a second round of public input meetings to listen to and learn from assessment experts and practitioners. To date the department has convened seven meetings in three cities (Boston, Atlanta and Denver).