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December 13, 2013

Education Department Announces that All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized for Federal Financial Aid Purposes

As part of the U.S. Department of Education's ongoing efforts to implement inclusive policies that reflect the diversity of American families, and consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in United States v.

December 9, 2013

Education Secretary Arne Duncan Appoints Members to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI)

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced five appointments to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI).

December 9, 2013

Education Secretary Arne Duncan Launches Principal Ambassador Fellowship with Three Principals Selected for Inaugural Program

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the names of three principals selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Education's first Principal Ambassador Fellows (PAFs) program. They are:

December 4, 2013

New Financial Aid Toolkit Part of Department’s Efforts to Improve College Access and Affordability

The U.S. Department of Education announced today the launch of an online "one-stop shop" aimed at guidance counselors and other advisers, such as staff or volunteers at community-based organizations, who assist students through the process of selecting and financing their higher education.

November 22, 2013

U.S. Education Department Officials Visit, Learn from School Principals During ED Goes Back to School Principal Shadow Week

As part of ED Goes Back to School Principal Shadow Week, dozens of Education Department officials spent time this week learning about the work of principals by job shadowing them at school.

November 22, 2013

Statement by Secretary Duncan on American Education Week

"As American Education Week comes to a close for 2013, let's re-dedicate ourselves to focusing every week of the year on the values -- and value -- of public education, the contributions of educators, and the aspirations of our nation's students.

November 19, 2013

U.S. Department of Education Announces 31 Applications as Finalists for $120 Million Race To The Top – District Competition

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that 31 applications have been selected as finalists for the Race to the Top-District (RTTT-D) competition.

November 19, 2013

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Celebrates 286 Schools as 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today honors 286 schools as the 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools at an awards luncheon at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The award honors public and private schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in improving student academic achievement.

November 13, 2013

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Bipartisan Proposal to Expand Access to High-Quality Early Education Programs

"The early learning bill introduced today reflects a growing, bipartisan understanding that to ensure our nation’s children have the educational and economic opportunities they deserve, we must act early. It’s long been clear that high-quality early learning opportunities produce lasting benefits, including higher high school graduation rates and lower incarceration rates.