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October 2, 2012

Moving Forward, Staying Focused

Three weeks ago, we began a cross-country bus tour in California to visit schools, meet with educators and students, get feedback and listen, and generally take the pulse of people after nearly four years in office.

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September 18, 2012

Closing The Opportunity Gap

Thank you for that generous introduction, Dennis [Van Roekel].

One of the most extraordinary opportunities in my job is that I get to visit hallowed ground. I get to stand in the footsteps of giants who fought and won battles for equal educational opportunity. And so it is today.

August 22, 2012

Change is Hard

I asked to speak with you today because, after three-plus years in Washington, it’s a good time to take stock of where we are as a country – and where we are going.

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August 9, 2012

Remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to the SHEEO Higher Education Policy Conference

Thanks very much, Rahm, for that generous introduction.

I'm not sure what I've done to deserve such a glowing introduction. But I have a hunch that Rahm will let me know in a few minutes. He said something about wanting to have, quote, "a frank exchange of views."

July 25, 2012

Testimony of Secretary Duncan before the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee

I want to thank the Chairman, the Ranking Member, and other Members of this Subcommittee for your support. Over the past three years, we've protected students at risk while investing in education reform that supports bold and courageous leadership at the both state and local level.

July 17, 2012

Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the National Academy Foundation NEXT Conference

[Speaker may have deviated from prepared remarks.]

Thank you, J.D., for the warm welcome. Good afternoon, everyone.

It's a pleasure to join you all in marking the National Academy Foundation's 30-year record of impact, in states all across America.

June 20, 2012

Remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the 40th Anniversary of Title IX

It's a pleasure and honor to follow Valerie Jarrett and Birch Bayh. Given our lineup of distinguished speakers and outstanding panelists, I am going to keep my remarks brief.

June 18, 2012

Saluting Presidential Scholars

Good evening, and welcome to what promises to be a phenomenal exhibition of talent by this year's United States Presidential Scholars in the Arts.

June 12, 2012

25th Anniversary Celebration for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

It's an honor to be here, and to be sandwiched between education luminaries like Secretary Riley, Michele Cahill, Governor Wise, and Governor Hunt.

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May 22, 2012

The Race to the Top District Competition

We all know that the real work of educating children happens in the classroom among teachers and students in partnership with strong principals and involved parents.