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March 25, 2011

Chicago Public Schools Art Exhibit Opens at U.S. Department of Education in Washington

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan acknowledged Chicago Public School (CPS) students at an exhibit opening of their artwork hosted in the Department’s auditorium with a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning. He was joined by CPS Director of Humanities Paul Whitsitt and several other CPS administrators and teachers, as well as 16 Chicago high school students visiting Washington D.C.

March 24, 2011

Office for Civil Rights Office to Present Outreach Sessions on Students with Diabetes

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in Dallas will conduct free technical assistance presentations Friday and Saturday regarding students with diabetes who attend public elementary and secondary schools in Texas. The presentations will be made at the University of North Texas-Dallas Campus located at 7400 University Hills Blvd.

March 23, 2011

President Obama Highlights Favorite Teacher in 'Teach' Campaign PSA

Today, the Department of Education released a public service announcement (PSA) by President Obama illustrating his support of the TEACH initiative. The President and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan launched TEACH last September as a national initiative aimed at recruiting the next generation of amazing teachers.

March 22, 2011

Vice President Biden Issues Call to Action to Boost College Graduation Rates Nationwide

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Vice President Joe Biden today issued a call to action to boost college graduation rates across the country and help the nation meet President Obama’s goal for the United States to have the best-educated workforce and the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.

March 17, 2011

Five States Receive Funding to Turn Around Persistently Lowest Achieving Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that five states will receive funding to turn around their persistently lowest achieving schools through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.

March 17, 2011

Sixteen Countries and Regions Convened for First-Ever International Summit on the Teaching Profession to Promote Building, Developing and Sustaining World Class Teaching Force

Today the U.S. Department of Education completed its two-day International Summit on the Teaching Profession in New York City, N.Y. The event marked the first time education ministers, teachers and union leaders from around the world convened in the United States to discuss best practices in building a world-class teaching force.

March 15, 2011

Secretary Duncan Vows to 'Move Away' from the 2 Percent Rule in Assessing Students with Disabilities

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan vowed Tuesday to abolish the so-called "2 percent rule" that obscures an accurate portrait of the academic needs of America's students with disabilities.

March 11, 2011

U.S. Department of Education Issues Guidance on Public School Attendance Policies and Children of Military Families

As part of the Obama administration's efforts to support military families, the U.S. Department of Education has issued guidance to superintendents and chief state school officers regarding public school attendance policies and children of military-connected families.

March 11, 2011

U.S. Department of Education Awards Almost $50,000 to Help Millard Public Schools Recover From Tragic Shooting and Teen Suicide

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools has awarded Millard Public Schools in Omaha, Neb., an almost $50,000 Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant to assist with ongoing recovery efforts following the shooting of an assistant principal at Millard South High School and the subsequent suicide of the student who shot him.

March 10, 2011

President and First Lady Call for a United Effort to Address Bullying

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the President and First Lady called for a united effort to address bullying at the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention. Approximately 150 students, parents, teachers, non-profit leaders, advocates, and policymakers came together to discuss how they can work together to make our schools and communities safe for all students.