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June 27, 2013

The Early Learning Field's Turning Point

Thank you, Governor Sandoval. It's great to be here with my colleague and good friend, Secretary Sebelius, to talk about early learning.

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June 25, 2013

Duncan Pushes Back on Attacks on Common Core Standards

Thank you, Clark. The work you are doing to help the next generation become more sophisticated in understanding the news is absolutely vital. To have full power over their lives, young people must understand the world they live in. They have to read, they have to follow the news, and they have to vote. All that is such an important part of what it means to be educated. So, thank you.

June 16, 2013

Finding the Solutions

I’m so pleased to be here on Father’s Day with your wonderful Chancellor, Kaya Henderson, Principal Pinder, Mr. Saunders, McKinley staff, families and friends. And a special congratulations to the fantastic McKinley Tech High School Graduating Class of 2013!

June 12, 2013

Getting America Wired for Educational Opportunity

Thank you so much, Michael, for that kind introduction. And I always love following Jennifer Lopez.

I'm going to talk to you about some really sexy topics like academic learning standards and fiber-optic cable installation.

June 7, 2013

Patriots of Humanity

Thank you, President Rodríguez, and good afternoon everyone. Thanks for welcoming me to Caiman Country, and for gracing me with an honorary degree.

June 1, 2013

Unlock the Silence—Let Us Speak to the World

Thank you so much, President Fowler, for that kind introduction.

It's such a pleasure to join you today to do something that should happen much more often in education—and that is to celebrate success. I can't tell you how honored I am to have this opportunity to speak with you, and to celebrate your accomplishments with your friends and family.

May 29, 2013

Opening Remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the Panel "The Obama Preschool Initiative"

My thanks to Ron Haskins, and the Brookings Institution, for hosting this discussion about President Obama's landmark proposal for high-quality preschool.

And I'm happy to see Congresswoman Nancy Johnson, who's been a longtime champion for children and a great thought-partner on the President's proposal.

May 18, 2013

A World Without Silos

Thank you, Bears, for that welcome! I am so glad to join you here because today we get to do something which should happen more often in education. Today, we get to celebrate success.

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May 17, 2013

"Passion, Expertise, and Vision"

It's a great pleasure and honor to be with you here today. GPPI is a world-class institution. And I am thrilled to be able to celebrate your success and share a few words with you as you earn your degrees and embark on the next stage of the journeys of the Class of 2013.

May 14, 2013

The Truth-Teller of Early Learning

I'm delighted to be here, and thrilled to have an opportunity to honor the extraordinary life and career of a dear friend, and one of my heroes, Barbara Bowman.

I don't think anyone here will be surprised that Barbara clearly instructed me not to talk about her this evening.