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  • September 30, 2015
    In a speech at the National Press Club, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called on state and local governments to invest in schools instead of jails. It's about setting a different direction as a society, a different priority—one that says we believe in great teaching early in our kids' lives, rather than courts, jails and prisons later.
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  • July 27, 2015
    Secretary of Education Arne Duncan laid out his vision for America’s higher education system of the future. Duncan noted that while more students are graduating college than ever before at our nation’s world-class colleges and universities, for far too many students, the nation’s higher education system isn’t delivering what they need and deserve.
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  • June 29, 2015

    Speaking from the perspective of a father of two young children, Secretary Arne Duncan described a set of educational rights that should belong to every family in America at the National PTA Convention in Charlotte, NC. These foundational family rights can unite everyone who works to ensure that students are prepared to thrive in school and in life. The set of rights follows the educational journey of a student—from access to quality preschool; to engagement in safe, well-resourced...

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  • June 13, 2015

    Good afternoon!

    Thank you for that kind introduction, Sidney—and best of luck at Howard University this fall!

    I'm sorry to say that we're just giving out diplomas today and not tickets for cruises, bowling, or Busch Gardens—apparently you got enough of that this year.

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  • May 14, 2015

    Thank you, Dr. McCallin for the warm welcome. It is a pleasure to share the platform with you and Ms. Peña.

    Thank you both for your leadership, and for all that Colorado's community colleges do to help students—from every walk of life—fulfill their tremendous potential.

    The proof is right here—in the remarkable men and women who have earned their degrees and certificates today.

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  • May 9, 2015
    I. Intro

    Thank you so much, and good morning.

    I'm so honored to be with you today, and to join in celebrating the class of 2015's success.

    We're all living in a moment when so many aspects of our society and the world are in the midst of being reimagined, and redefined. Astounding changes have taken place since the year of this great university's founding—1909—from the end of Jim Crow segregation to the election of America's first black president.

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  • May 2, 2015

    Thank you, Dr. Peterson, for that very kind introduction—and for your unwavering stewardship of this important institution. Both here and throughout your remarkable career, you have brought a visionary approach to an ever-changing educational landscape.

    It's a real honor to be with you and everyone assembled today as we celebrate this momentous occasion—especially the members of the Georgia Tech Class of 2015! Congratulations to all of you!

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  • April 9, 2015

    As delivered

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  • April 7, 2015

    Thank you. Please give another round of applause to Carmita—I'm a huge, huge fan. If I could invest in someone as a stock I'd be investing in her right now. You guys should take a note.

    Thank you so much. I'm thrilled to be with all of you. Thanks for taking the time and inviting me, and I want to begin with a story. And I want to tell you a story about a young man named Rashon Johnson.

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  • March 18, 2015

    Note: Speaker deviated from prepared remarks.

    Thank you for letting me be a part of your 12th annual legislative conference.

    Throughout its history, the Urban League has stood for meaningful action that helps not just communities of color, but also the entire country in our ongoing effort to create a more just and equal society. So I want to thank you for your work. And I want to say that I share your sense of urgency, as does my entire team.