March 30, 2011
I want to extend my thanks to the many people here today who are on the frontlines of the effort to strengthen and reinvigorate civics education.
It's a special privilege to be here with one of my heroes, Justice O'Connor. After more than twenty years on the bench, everyone would have understood if she withdrew from public life and took up quieter pursuits. But she didn't.
March 24, 2011
Thank you, Elise. And thanks to United Way LA for convening this Summit, and for its steadfast commitment to driving education reform here.
I believe that this Summit is timed just right, because the public school system of Los Angeles is at a crossroads today.
March 16, 2011
March 15, 2011
Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee:
March 14, 2011
Two years ago, I came to Washington with one goal-- to give every single child in America the very best education possible.
While I was optimistic about what we could accomplish, I never imagined we would be where we are today.
Over the last two years, we have seen more change in our education system than we've seen over the past two decades.
March 11, 2011
Back in August, the U.S. Department of Education and several other agencies convened the first-ever federally sponsored conference on bullying.
That day demonstrated a new commitment to do the hard work to fight bullying across federal agencies.
March 9, 2011
Chairman Kline, Ranking Member Miller, and Members of the Committee:
Thank you for this opportunity to come here today and talk about President Obama's education agenda.
Last week I spoke before the Senate Budget Committee and emphasized our administration's dual commitments to reduce spending and be more efficient while investing in education to secure our future.
March 2, 2011
When the World Bank was founded in 1944, much of Europe, Russia, and Japan lay in ruin.
Today, the world is no longer recovering from a tragic global war. Yet the international community faces a crisis of a different sort, the global economic crunch. And education--then and now--is the beacon lighting the path forward, perhaps more so today than ever before.
March 1, 2011
Chairman Conrad, Ranking Member Sessions, and Members of the Committee:
February 22, 2011
(Note: Speaker deviated from prepared remarks.)
Thank you! And thanks to Roybal for hosting us here today. As some of you may know, one of your own, teacher Linda Yaron is here with me today.