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This page contains speeches by Acting Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. and speeches by former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

  • May 13, 2016
    Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., spoke to the graduating class at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) on May 13, 2016. The Secretary noted that community colleges like MATC are creating paths to opportunity for so many students across the country each day, and he encouraged the graduating class to pay forward the benefit of the higher education they have received by mentoring others and serving their communities.
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  • April 30, 2016
    Secretary of Education John King celebrated the achievements of the class of 2016 at the commencement ceremony of Florida A & M University on April 30, 2016. He encouraged the graduates to live a life of purpose, saying that the fight for civil rights continues today. He told them that the nation needs their wisdom and knowledge and commitment to solve its problems and advance its ideals.
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  • April 14, 2016
    Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., delivered remarks at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada, emphasizing the importance of a well-rounded education for every student in America. The Secretary highlighted the benefits of a rich and rigorous education that engages students, allowing them to discover interests and aptitudes in the arts, sciences, world languages, and many other critical subjects.
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  • March 25, 2016
    Secretary of Education John King spoke about the role postsecondary education plays in ensuring society is equitable, healthy, and high-functioning. He also urged colleges and universities to reimagine higher education, including providing ambitious standards of access, affordability, and completion.
  • March 25, 2016
    In a speech to the California Association for Bilingual Education, Secretary of Education John King discussed the benefits that bilingual and multilingual students bring to our nation's classrooms. To overcome 21st century challenges, everyone – from federal, state, and local governments, to community-based organizations, to schools and districts – must be diligent about preparing students equipped with the skills they need to be college- and career-ready.
  • March 21, 2016

    Thank you, Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray, and members of the Committee for welcoming me here today. I am humbled and honored to appear before you as President Obama's nominee for education secretary.

    I am proud to be here today with my wife, Melissa, and our two wonderful daughters, Amina and Mireya.

    I am grateful to the President for his faith in me.

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  • March 8, 2016

    Good afternoon. I'm John King, Acting U.S. Secretary of Education. It's wonderful to be here today. What an amazing place this is—it's incredible to think that this was once an abandoned rec center in downtown Baltimore. Today, the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center is a public makerspace, with a focus on giving disadvantaged youth the resources and the tools to tinker, create and learn. It's a place where kids can be kids—and also scientists, builders, engineers and coders.

  • January 27, 2016

    Remarks prepared for Acting Secretary of Education, John King, for The National Action Network's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Breakfast.

    Thank you, Reverend Sharpton.

  • January 21, 2016

    Thank you very much, Ms. Suliman, for that kind introduction. Good afternoon, everybody.

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  • January 6, 2016

    Thank you so much. It’s good to be home. I will say a couple of things before I start. First off, Christina (Waters). I met her, I recall meeting her when she was in the hospital fighting for her life. She had gone through elementary school to Ariel Community Academy. Great student. Fantastic basketball player. (Inaudible). Was going in a couple of days to college to compete. Was at a church social and was shot there in the head. Don’t know why. Don’t know by whom.

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