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July 27, 2010

18 States and D.C. Named as Finalists for Race to the Top

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that 18 states and the District of Columbia are the finalists for more than $3 billion available in the second round of funding in the Race to the Top program.

July 26, 2010

Daphne Kwok Appointed to Chair President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

On Monday, July 26, President Obama appointed Daphne Kwok of San Francisco, Calif. as Chair of his Advisory Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islanders. The Commission was re-established last year by the President as part of a White House Initiative to improve the lives of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities underserved by federal resources.

July 26, 2010

Connecticut to Receive More Than $146 Million in Additional Recovery Funds

U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that an additional $146,273,112 is now available for Connecticut under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. To date, Connecticut has received $901,563,049 through the ARRA. The state recently reported that recovery dollars have been used to provide funding for more than 4,200 education jobs from Jan.

July 26, 2010

20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act a Cause for Celebration and Rededication to Equal Educational Opportunity for Students with Disabilities

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA) enactment by applauding the legislation and by rededicating the U.S. Department of Education to the ADA’s effective implementation.

July 26, 2010

Secretary Duncan Announces 15 Teachers Selected for Teaching Ambassador Fellowships

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the appointment of 15 teachers as Teaching Ambassador Fellows for the 2010-11 school year. Five teachers will become full-time employees at Education Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. and the others will continue as full-time teachers while working as fellows part time.

July 23, 2010

Proposed Rule Links Federal Student Aid to Loan Repayment Rates and Debt-to-Earnings Levels for Career College Graduates

The Obama Administration released today its proposed regulations requiring for-profit career colleges to better prepare students for "gainful employment" or risk losing access to federal student aid. The proposed rules seek to protect students from taking on unsustainable debt they cannot repay and to protect taxpayers from high loan default rates.

July 22, 2010

Montana to Receive $11.5 Million to Turn Around Its Persistently Lowest Achieving Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that Montana will receive $11.5 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.

July 21, 2010

National Summit Brings Together Technology, Rural Ed Experts to Focus on Solutions for Overcoming Distance, Accessing Resources

More than 150 rural education stakeholders and technology experts from 26 states came together to learn from one another and provide feedback to federal officials today at a National Rural Education Technology Summit in Washington, D.C.

July 20, 2010

2010 Native American Student Artist Competition Exhibit Opens Tomorrow at U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education opens its sixth annual Student Artist Competition (SAC) Winners' Exhibit tomorrow in the Department lobby, featuring 21 art and nine writing entries chosen from more than 1,000 art and writing entries from more than 250 tribes in 34 states.

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July 19, 2011

Wyoming to Receive $1.22 Million to Turn Around Its Persistently Lowest-Achieving Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that Wyoming will receive $1.22 million to turn around its persistently lowest achieving schools through the Education Department's School Improvement Grants (SIG). The funds are part of $546 million available to states and D.C. under the program. In fiscal year 2009, states received a total of $3.5 billion in SIG support.