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August 12, 2009

Obama Administration's Rural Tour Stops in Western Alaska

Four Cabinet secretaries brought the Obama Administration's Rural Tour to rural Alaska today, with stops in Bethel and Hooper Bay, representing the largest Cabinet-level delegation to visit the state.

August 11, 2009

Anchorage Receiving $1.2 Million Grant to Keep Alaska Native Students in School on Path to College and Careers

Providing targeted support to end the high school dropout crisis and support Alaska's rural communities, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced plans to award a three-year, $1.2 million grant to support Project Puqigtut in Anchorage public schools.

August 11, 2009

Statement from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Passing of Eunice Kennedy Shriver

I am deeply saddened by the news of Eunice Kennedy Shriver's passing. Eunice--inspired by her sister Rosemary--devoted most of her adult life to helping young people with disabilities reach their highest potential. Eunice understood that every young person can achieve when given a chance.

August 7, 2009

Updated Federal Guidelines for 2009 H1N1 Flu in Schools Offer Many Options

Updated federal guidelines offer state and local public health and school officials a range of options for responding to 2009 H1N1 influenza in schools, depending on how severe the flu may be in their communities.

August 6, 2009

$4.5 Million in Grants Awarded for Special Education Parent Information, Training Centers

The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of more than $4.5 million in grants to operate 16 special education parent information and training centers in 14 states, including targeted centers for American Indians and military families.

August 4, 2009

Secretary Duncan Announces 13 Teachers Selected for Teaching Ambassador Fellowships

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today that 13 teachers have been selected as Teaching Ambassador Fellows for 2009-2010. Three fellows will become full-time U.S. Department of Education employees for one year. Ten will participate part-time while remaining in their classrooms throughout the school year.

August 3, 2009

Secretary Duncan Sends Letter to Chief State School Officers on Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

Washington, DC — Late last week, Secretary Duncan sent a letter to Chief State School Officers encouraging each state to review their current policies and guidelines regarding the use of restraints and seclusion techniques in schools and if appropriate develop or revise them to ensure the safety of students.

August 3, 2009

Department of Education to Accelerate $11.37 Billion in Stimulus Funds

Washington, DC — U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that the Department will accelerate stimulus spending by making $11.37 billion in Title I, IDEA, and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) funding, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), available to states one month early to help save jobs and drive reform.

July 31, 2009

$8.7 Million in GEAR UP Grants Awarded to Help Middle-Schoolers Get on the Pathway to Achieve Success in College

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the award of $8.7 million for five grants under the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP) that will help more than 11,000 at-risk students to prepare for college and receive the support they need to achieve success in postsecondary education.

July 30, 2009

U.S. Department of Education Employs 158 College and Graduate Students in Summer Internships

More than 150 college and graduate students have answered President Obama's call to service while interning at the U.S. Department of Education this summer. The 158 interns are from 93 different colleges and universities and are working in 21 different offices throughout the Education Department.