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December 10, 2009

Duncan Calls on State Legislators to Lift Barriers to Reform

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan urged state legislators to become leaders of the school reform movement and urged them to carefully review their education codes to identify places where state law is impeding reform.

December 9, 2009

Using Technology and Personal Touch, Department of Education Opens Government

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the U.S. Department of Education have embraced President Obama’s vision of an open government. The secretary has travelled the country to listen to people’s ideas for education reform, and the department is using technology to provide the public with data to track federal spending and to evaluate colleges and universities.

December 8, 2009

Statement by Secretary Duncan on NAEP Math 2009 Trial Urban District Assessment

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today issued the following statement on The Nation’s Report Card: Mathematics 2009 Trial Urban District Assessment, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) at Grades 4 and 8:

December 3, 2009

U.S. Education Secretary Duncan and Attorney General Holder Meet with Youth Leaders and Their Parents to Discuss Teen Dating Violence

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of the Justice Department’s year-long commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder met today with teen leaders, their parents and program directors from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships.

December 3, 2009

Applications Now Available for $3.5 Billion in Title I School Improvement Grants to Turn Around Nation's Lowest Achieving Public Schools

Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the final requirements for $3.5 billion in Title I School Improvement grants to turn around the nation's lowest performing schools. The applications are now available at and are due into the Department of Education by Feb. 8, 2010.

November 24, 2009

Athletes Highlight Education as Key to Their Success

Shane Battier and Myron Rolle taped video addresses for the “I Am What I Learn” video contest, hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and YouTube. In their videos, they each describe the role education plays in their lives, and they encourage students to dedicate themselves to their own education.

November 23, 2009

Duncan Endorses Efforts to Improve STEM Education

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today praised corporate and philanthropic leaders for stepping up to support improvements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

November 17, 2009

Duncan Hosts Meeting with Rural School Superintendents As He Continues to Seek Input on Education Reform

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan met today with a group of rural school superintendents from nine states to listen and learn about their needs and to discuss ways the Education Department can be a partner in helping to find solutions to their educational challenges.

November 16, 2009

Voting Begins on "I Am What I Learn" Video Contest

Since September 21, hundreds of students across the country have responded to the President's call to take greater responsibility for their education by creating videos explaining why education is important to their future. In less than two months, students submitted more than 600 video entries to the "I Am What I Learn" video contest, hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and YouTube.

November 16, 2009

Statement from U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on the Death of Chicago School Board President Michael Scott

I am shocked and saddened by the sudden death of my friend and colleague Michael Scott. Michael cared passionately about public education and made many courageous decisions as president of the Board. He gave his time, energy and talents to improving the life chances of children. Chicago has lost a great leader, and the city’s school children have lost a devoted champion.