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

  • February 16, 2012

    Today, we are formally launching Project RESPECT.

    RESPECT is an acronym that stands for Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence and Collaborative Teaching. I've always believed that in education, we simply don't have enough acronyms yet—we needed one more!

    All kidding aside, let me break down what RESPECT is all about:

  • February 7, 2012

    I was pleased to hear that today's event in the Askwith lecture series was sold-out. But I hope that no one here today is under the impression that they are going to hear from Lady Gaga. I'm the warm-up act—she is later this month.

  • January 17, 2012

    This is a great day and an important moment for education leaders who want to take civic learning to greater heights and expand its impact. And it is an important day for all of us who care about nurturing a vibrant democracy.

  • January 11, 2012

    It is great to be back at the NCAA convention.

    A few months ago, President Emmert said that 2011 was the best of times and the worst of times for college sports.

  • December 10, 2011

    Thank you, Broncos 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. To our graduates here, and to their families who have supported them on this journey, congratulations.

  • December 2, 2011

    Good morning and thank you for having me here today.

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  • December 2, 2011

    Good afternoon. It's a pleasure to join you again this year, to take stock of our progress thus far together, and to set our sights on the road ahead.

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  • November 29, 2011

    It's great to be back at the FSA conference.

    I want to second Jim's remarks about the extraordinary job that financial aid administrators, working with the Obama Administration, have done to advance access, affordability, and attainment in the last three years. The effort—and the results—have been remarkable.

  • November 10, 2011

    Thank you so much, Terry.

    Terry Holliday is the latest of a long line of great educational leaders here in Kentucky. He arrived on the job shortly before the Race to the Top competition. In short order, he led the state to submit an application that had the support of all 174 districts in the state, as well as union leaders. When Kentucky didn’t win in the competition, he and his team didn’t stop and lick their wounds. Terry formed a steering committee to realize the vision of...

  • November 10, 2011

    I'm pleased to be here this afternoon for a couple of reasons.

    First, the middle grades have not received the attention in education debates that they deserve. Our department intends to correct that historic oversight. I want to affirm that the subject of middle grade reform is vitally important, both to our children and to the future success of our country.

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