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August 29, 2013

White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics Announces Back-to-School Texas Tour

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (WHIEEH) will travel through Texas on a back-to-school outreach tour from Wednesday, Sept. 4, to Friday, Sept.6, 2013.

August 29, 2013

States Granted Waivers From No Child Left Behind Allowed to Reapply for Renewal for 2014 and 2015 School Years

As students and educators go back to school across the country, and as Congress continues to debate how to fix the law commonly known as No Child Left Behind, the U.S.

August 28, 2013

U.S. Education Department Announces More than $20 Million Awarded for School Facility Repair and Modernization through Impact Aid Program

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today that more than $20 million in grants under the Impact Aid Discretionary Construction Program will be awarded to eight school districts in Alaska, Arizona, California, Montana, South Dakota and Washington.

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.

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.