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August 6, 2010

New Website Makes Education Data Easier to Find and Use

The U.S. Department of Education today is launching a new interactive Web site aimed at making accurate and timely education data available in a single place.

August 5, 2010

Nation's Boldest Education Reform Plans to Receive Federal Innovation Grants Once Private Match Is Secured

A cross-section of 49 school districts, nonprofit education organizations and institutions of higher education have been selected from among nearly 1,700 applicants for potential funding under the Investing in Innovation (i3) program. To receive a share of the $650 million in i3 grants, the winning applicants must secure a commitment for a 20 percent private sector match by Sept. 8.

August 4, 2010

Education Secretary Arne Duncan Issues Statement on the Senate's Jobs Amendment Vote

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued the following statement after the Senate voted today to move forward on an amendment to protect the jobs of educators:

August 4, 2010

Secretary Duncan's Statement on $1.2 Billion Investment in Broadband Connections to Rural Schools, Students' Homes

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's funding announcement today of $1.2 billion for broadband infrastructure projects through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

August 3, 2010

Education Secretary Duncan Announces $9.2 Million for 14 School Leadership Grants

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the award of $9.2 million for 14 awards to improve the leadership and effectiveness of current and aspiring principals and assistant principals in high-need school districts. Grants will be used to develop and expand innovative programs to recruit, train, and provide professional development opportunities for principals.

August 2, 2010

Pennsylvania to Receive More Than $514 Million in Additional Recovery Funds

U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that an additional $514,403,320 is now available for Pennsylvania under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. To date, Pennsylvania has received $3,466,058,936 through the ARRA. The state recently reported that recovery dollars have been used to provide funding for more than 10,000 education jobs from Jan.

August 2, 2010

New Hampshire to Receive $10 Million to Turn Around Its Persistently Lowest Achieving Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that New Hampshire will receive $10 million to turn around its persistently lowest achieving schools through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. These funds are part of the $3.5 billion that will be made available to states this spring from money set aside in the 2009 budget and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

July 30, 2010

U.S. Department of Education Awards $50,000 to Help Poplar Elementary School District Recover from Multiple Student Suicides

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools has awarded Poplar Elementary School District #9 in rural Poplar, Montana, a $50,000 Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant to assist with ongoing recovery efforts following the suicide death of five students at Poplar Middle School last school year.

July 28, 2010

Duncan Highlights Education Department's Civil Rights Agenda

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced he would form a bipartisan commission to examine educational equity and promised to pursue federal policies that would advance equity in the nation's K-12 schools.