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December 1, 2014

Prepared remarks of U.S. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell at the Federal Student Aid (FSA) Servicing Summit in Atlanta, GA

Good Morning! I want to welcome you all to Atlanta, and to thank you for participating in today’s event.  This morning’s forum is something we’ve never done before, but Jim and I thought it was important to do given the increasing prominence that student loans have in the lives of both individuals and the nation.

November 21, 2014

Remarks by Secretary Duncan at National Assessment Governing Board Swearing-in Ceremony

Secretary Arne Duncan challenged the National Assessment Governing Board to help move the nation toward "Assessment 3.0."

November 4, 2014

Leadership by Principle: How Rural Values Contribute to Success in the Classroom

During remarks at the Rural Education National Forum in Columbus, Ohio, Secretary Duncan discusses the challenges facing rural education in America, recognizes the accomplishments of states and districts, and celebrates rural community values that help to support academic excellence.

October 3, 2014

Prepared remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Joplin High School and the Franklin Technology Center, Joplin, Missouri

Thank you for that kind introduction.

I visited Joplin not long after the tornado struck. And the devastation of the storm was seared throughout the community. But what you have accomplished here, together, is nothing short of amazing.

October 1, 2014

Increasing Educational Opportunity through Equity

The remarks are from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Tri-Caucus Plenary Session. Duncan discusses recent initiatives that expand educational opportunities for poor and minority students, including recent guidance that ensures students have equal access to resources.

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September 23, 2014

The HBCU Value Proposition

At the 2014 National HBCU convention, Secretary Duncan affirmed the value of HBCUs to achieving national educational goals, such as regaining America's lead in college attainment, strengthening the STEM fields and the teaching profession, expanding diversity, and encouraging innovation and international education. He also addressed concerns that HBCU leaders have raised about several Obama administration initiatives, and thanked the leadership of HBCUs for helping to improve and strengthen a number of administration policies. Along with his counterparts at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Peace Corps, and the Corporation for Community and National Service, Secretary Duncan encouraged more use of Public Service Loan Forgiveness to reduce student debt for those who are working full-time in government jobs or at tax-exempt non-profits.

September 19, 2014

Harvard Event: Critical Conversations and Bold Ideas

In informal remarks, Secretary Duncan spoke about education leadership, improvement, and equity to students, alumni, and faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on September 19. Duncan discussed the Back-to-School Bus Tour, reflected on his formative educational experiences, and challenged Harvard to break the mold for teacher training programs.

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July 10, 2014

Achieving the Extraordinary Through Strong Business-Education Partnerships

In his remarks to the National Academy Foundation (NAF), Secretary Duncan emphasized the need to close the nation's skills gap by equipping all students to succeed in college and careers, and noted the value of providing rigorous and relevant school-based and work-based learning opportunities as a part of that preparation. Prior to the Secretary's remarks, business and industry leaders joined NAF officials to announce the launch of the NAFTrack Certified Hiring Partnership that will give students who complete and earn the NAF credential, one that is based on assessments linked to college- and career-ready standards, priority in these employers' hiring processes. The partnering companies include: HP, Verizon, AT&T, EMC, Juniper Networks, KPMG, RBC Capital Markets, US, Xerox, JPMorgan Chase, and Cisco.

June 23, 2014

A Vision for Better Education: Areas of Surprising Agreement

In his remarks to the PTA National Convention, Secretary Duncan talked about the critical importance of parents and families in education and the changes occurring in classrooms across America that are helping to prepare students for success in college, careers, and life. He recognized the hard work of schools and communities who are transforming educational opportunities for students. Secretary Duncan also challenged the audience to be a voice for higher expectations, for bettering schools, and for elevating the teaching profession.

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June 22, 2014

Presidential Scholars: A Milestone Year

Secretary Duncan congratulated the 2014 Presidential Scholars and celebrated the program's 50th year. He also recognized the collective and individual accomplishments of this year's class. Secretary Duncan advised the audience to work collectively to solve problems, to pursue their passions, and to surround themselves with mentors and role models, while making every year a milestone year.

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