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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.

September 23, 2009

White House Hosts New Hampshire Town Hall on Importance of Fatherhood and Education

Today, as part of the continuing National Conversation on Fatherhood, Obama Administration officials made the second stop of a national initiative with a visit to Manchester, New Hampshire to focus on the importance of fathers in the education of their children. The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, in cooperation with The U.S.

September 22, 2009

Education Secretary Duncan and HHS Secretary Sebelius Announce Winner of 2009 H1N1 PSA Contest

U.S. Secretary of Education (ED) Arne Duncan and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius today announced that Dr. John Clarke of Baldwin, N.Y., is the winner of the 2009 H1N1 PSA Contest. More than 50,000 votes were cast by Americans across the country on YouTube. Dr. Clarke will receive a $2,500 cash prize and his ad will be broadcast on national television.

September 22, 2009

U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $108.8 Million in Early Reading First Grants to Help Prepare Young Children to Read

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the award of more than $108.8 million in Early Reading First grants to 28 local education agencies and other public or private organizations in 18 states and Washington, D.C., to improve the school readiness of young children, especially those from low-income families.

September 21, 2009

U.S. Department of Education Video Contest Challenges Students to Take Responsibility for Their Education

In two minutes or less, America's students have an opportunity to show the nation and the world how far education can take them and how they will achieve their dreams.

September 21, 2009

Statement by U.S. Education Secretary Duncan on Draft College- and Career-Readiness Standards in English-Language Arts, Mathematics

The U.S. Department of Education today issued the following statement by U.S.

September 17, 2009

Secretary Duncan Names 72 Jacob K. Javits Fellows

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today named 72 Jacob K. Javits fellows to pursue graduate study within selected fields of the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Selected from 764 applicants, fellows are chosen on the basis of superior academic achievement, exceptional promise, and financial need. They will attend 28 institutions of higher education.

September 17, 2009

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on House Passage of the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (HR 3221)

“Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to give America's college students the biggest increase in financial aid since the GI Bill. The bill will guarantee increases for the Pell Grant program for the 2010-11 year and beyond. It will overhaul federal student loans to make them more efficient while saving taxpayers billions of dollars over the next decade.

September 17, 2009

Statement by Secretaries Duncan and Sebelius on House Passage of Early Learning Challenge Fund

Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius praised progress made by Congress today as the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA), HR 3221, passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

September 15, 2009

Education Secretary Arne Duncan Designates 314 Schools as 2009 Blue Ribbon Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced 314 schools as 2009 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Secretary Duncan was joined by Maryland State Superintendent Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick, Montgomery County Board of Education President Shirley Brandman, and Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Dr.