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July 31, 2013

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Student Loan Compromise

"I applaud the bipartisan compromise reached by President Obama and lawmakers on Capitol Hill, offering relief to millions of students and families across the country. The law will cut rates on nearly all new federal student loans and save undergraduates an average of more than $1,500 on loans taken out this year. It is an encouraging step forward in our effort to keep college affordable.

July 30, 2013

Department of Education Invites Districts to Apply for $120 Million in Race to the Top Funds to Support Classroom-Level Reform Efforts

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it has finalized the application for the 2013 Race to the Top-District competition, which will provide nearly $120 million to support bold, locally directed improvements in learning and teaching that will directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness.

July 24, 2013

Statement by Secretary Arne Duncan on Student Loans

"The compromise reached by a bipartisan group of Senators and led by President Obama is a major victory for college students across the country. If enacted, the plan would cut rates on nearly every single new college loan this year, offering relief to nearly 11 million borrowers.

July 19, 2013

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Secretary Duncan on House ESEA Reauthorization Bill H.R. 5

"America's families, students and teachers deserve an education law that advances progress for all students—especially our most vulnerable children. The bill that the House passed today is not that law.

July 19, 2013

Statement from U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on FCC Action to Connect More Students to High-Speed Internet

"I want to thank the FCC Commissioners for accepting the President's challenge to bring America's classrooms into the modern age with high-speed Internet. Their vote today marks a first step in a five-year effort that will have enormous benefits for students, teachers and families, and for our national competitiveness.

July 17, 2013

Federal Agencies Announce First Round of School Turnaround AmeriCorps Grants

An innovative partnership to help improve the nation's persistently underachieving schools took another step forward today as the U.S.

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July 9, 2013

Secretary Duncan Issues Statement in Response to Senate Subcommittee Vote to Invest in Early Learning Programs

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today issued the following statement in response to the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee voting to invest in early learning programs.

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July 8, 2013

Nearly Three Million Students from over 30,000 Schools Recognized by the 2013 President's Education Awards Program

The U.S. Department of Education announced today the 2013 President's Education Awards Program (PEAP) recipients, honoring nearly three million students from more than 30,000 public and private schools from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.

July 2, 2013

Statement by Secretary Arne Duncan on the Anniversary of Title VI

Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released the following statement regarding the anniversary of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964:

"The 49th anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of education in America's progress toward racial equality.