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June 29, 2010

339 Communities Submit Applications for Promise Neighborhoods Planning Competition

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today that approximately 339 organizations electronically submitted applications for Promise Neighborhoods planning grants. The final number will be determined following a tabulation of any additional paper applications received by the Department.

June 28, 2010

Maine to Receive More Than $52 Million in Additional Recovery Funds

U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that an additional $52,222,609 is now available for Maine under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. To date, Maine has received $348,949,045 through the ARRA. The state recently reported that recovery dollars have been used to provide funding for more than 350 education jobs from Jan.

June 28, 2010

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Issued the Following Statement on the Death of Sen. Robert Byrd:

"I was saddened by the death of Senator Robert C. Byrd. He was a legendary figure in the history of the United States Senate and of our country. I was deeply honored to get to know him and work with him.

June 24, 2010

California to Receive Nearly $416 Million to Turn Around Its Persistently Lowest Achieving Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that California will receive nearly $416 million to turn around its persistently lowest achieving schools through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.

June 24, 2010

Delaware to Receive $10.5 Million to Turn Around Its Persistently Lowest Achieving Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that Delaware will receive $10.5 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.

June 23, 2010

U.S. Education Secretary Duncan Commemorates 38th Anniversary of Title IX

On the 38th anniversary of Title IX, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan applauded the landmark legislation that prohibits institutions receiving federal financial assistance from discriminating on the basis of sex.

June 18, 2010

Department of Education Sets New Bar for Transparency with Launch of Data.ed.gov

As part of the Obama Administration's Open Government Initiative, the U.S. Department of Education today launched Data.ed.gov, which will ultimately serve as a one-stop shop for education data and allow practitioners, researchers, and the public to access data that can inform their work in classrooms and communities across America.

June 17, 2010

U.S. Department of Education Releases Videos Highlighting Important Role of Community Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Tough Economic Times

To highlight the vital role that community colleges play in preparing adults for success in the workplace, the U.S. Department of Education is posting video profiles on its Web site of three “non-traditional” students attending these institutions.

June 16, 2010

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on $100 Million Investment in Reading Research

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today issued the following statement on the Institute of Education Sciences' new Reading for Understanding Research Network:

June 16, 2010

Wisconsin to Receive Nearly $51 Million to Turn Around Its Persistently Lowest Achieving Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that Wisconsin will receive $50,708,839 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.