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June 8, 2009

States Open to Charters Start Fast in 'Race to Top'

Emphasizing the need for additional effective education entrepreneurs to join the work of reforming America's lowest performing public schools, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told reporters during a conference call this afternoon that states must be open to charter schools. Too much is at stake for states financially and for students academically to restrict choice and innovation.

June 5, 2009

U.S. Education Secretary Takes His "Listening and Learning" Tour to New Jersey

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan today took his "Listening and Learning: A Conversation about Education Reform" tour to New Jersey.

June 4, 2009

Secretary Duncan Announces Grant Competition to Retrain Displaced Workers, Help Rebuild America's Economy

Milwaukee — U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited the Milwaukee Area Technical College today to announce a $7 million special competitive grant to establish innovative and sustainable community college programs that prepare displaced workers for second careers.

June 3, 2009

$301 Million in Recovery Funds Now Available for Kansas to Save Teaching Jobs and Drive Education Reform

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that $301 million is now available for Kansas under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. This funding will lay the foundation for a generation of education reform and help save hundreds of thousands of teaching jobs at risk of state and local budget cuts.

June 3, 2009

More Than $1 Billion in Recovery Funds Now Available for Michigan to Save Teaching Jobs and Drive Education Reform

U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced more than $1 billion is now available for Michigan under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. This funding will lay the foundation for a generation of education reform and help save hundreds of thousands of teaching jobs at risk of state and local budget cuts.

June 1, 2009

More Than $589 Million in Recovery Funds Now Available for Maryland to Save Teaching Jobs And Drive Education Reform

U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that more than $589 million is now available for Maryland under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. This funding will lay the foundation for a generation of education reform and help save hundreds of thousands of teaching jobs at risk of state and local budget cuts.

June 1, 2009

More Than $316 Million in Recovery Funds Now Available for Iowa to Save Teaching Jobs and Drive Education Reform

U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that more than $316 million is now available for Iowa under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. This funding will lay the foundation for a generation of education reform and help save hundreds of thousands of teaching jobs at risk of state and local budget cuts.

June 1, 2009

Duncan Appoints William J. Taggart to Lead Federal Student Aid Office

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the appointment of William J. Taggart as chief operating officer (COO) of the department's Federal Student Aid office (FSA).

"Taggart is an inspiring leader, and he has the deep operational experience critical to maintaining and improving the major systems at FSA," Secretary Duncan said.

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May 28, 2009

Montana Students Call For Higher Standards On Listening Tour

Billings, Montana — U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited Billings, Mont., on Wednesday, May 27, as part of his “Listening and Learning” tour. He was joined by U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Sen. Jon Tester and Gov. Brian Schweitzer.

May 28, 2009

$434 Million in Recovery Funds Now Available for Puerto Rico to Save Teaching Jobs and Drive Education Reform

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that $434 million is now available for Puerto Rico under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. This funding will lay the foundation for a generation of education reform and help save hundreds of thousands of teaching jobs at risk of state and local budget cuts.