RSS feed for this content

April 20, 2010

The Importance of Title IX

I am pleased that the Department is issuing this Dear Colleague letter on athletic programs today. I think this reaffirmation of longstanding policy will help to bolster Title IX and assure that educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance do not discriminate on the basis of sex.

April 14, 2010

Secretary Arne Duncan's Testimony Before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Regarding the FY 2011 Education Budget

Chairman Harkin, Ranking Member Cochran, Members of the Subcommittee:

I planned to begin today by talking about education reform because there is a lot of good news to report—but before I do I want to talk about education jobs.

April 9, 2010

The Well-Rounded Curriculum

If there is a message that I hope you will take away from today's conference it is this: The arts can no longer be treated as a frill. As First Lady Michelle Obama has said, "the arts are not just a nice thing to have or do if there is free time or if one can afford it... Paintings and poetry, music and design... they all define who we are as a people."

March 29, 2010

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's statement on Race to the Top Phase 1 Winners

Thank you for joining me today for this historic announcement.

Today, I'm proud to announce that Delaware and Tennessee have won grants in the first phase of Race to the Top.

March 18, 2010

Secretary Arne Duncan's Testimony Before the House Appropriations Committee on the President's Proposals for the 2011 Education Budget and for the Reauthorization of ESEA

Chairman Obey, Ranking Member Tiahrt, Members of the Committee:

I want to begin by thanking you for what you have done to keep America's teachers in the classroom and to keep America's children learning.

March 17, 2010

Graduation Rates of NCAA Tournament Teams: Secretary Arne Duncan's Introductory Remarks in a Joint Press Call

Secretary Arne Duncan made these introductory remarks in a joint press call with Richard Lapchick, Director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida, and Benjamin Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP.

March 15, 2010

Reform, Accountability, and Leading from the Local Level: Secretary Arne Duncan's Remarks to the National League of Cities' Congressional City Conference

Secretary LaHood is a tough act to follow. But I am delighted to be here today to talk about a cause that is urgent and personal—not just for me but for all of us gathered here today. As President Obama has said, there are "any number of actions we can take as a nation to enhance our competitiveness and secure a better future for our people.

March 8, 2010

Crossing the Next Bridge: Secretary Arne Duncan’s Remarks on the 45th Anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, Alabama

It is a great honor—and a sobering one—to speak at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Here, 45 years ago, a recalcitrant state and governor slowly, begrudgingly, were forced to make due on the American promise of equal opportunity.

March 4, 2010

Statement of Arne Duncan on Race to the Top Rollout

Last July, I joined with President Obama to kick off the Race to the Top. This competition, which was funded through the Recovery Act with the support of Congress, put unprecedented resources—$4.35 billion dollars—on the table to reward states that are ready to dramatically re-shape America's educational system.

We said from the beginning that we were going to set a very high bar in this competition, that we would only reward excellence, and that winning would require an all hands on deck approach to reform.