Good evening, everyone. Thank you, Doug, for the warm welcome, and for all your hard work and leadership at ACTE. I also want to recognize our UFT colleagues in the room, for your tireless efforts on behalf of students.
I'm pleased to be back at the FSA conference. And I'm excited to speak to you today for two reasons.
First, I want to celebrate the critically important but too often unrecognized work that financial aid officers do every day throughout our country.
Thank you, Mr. Secretary General, and thank you, Governor Wise, for your comments and for joining the release of the 2012 PISA results today.
In a number of important respects, the United States has made educational progress since the 2009 PISA.
Good afternoon, everyone – and welcome to our Department's kick-off event for International Education Week.
As we get started, I want to thank Maureen McLaughlin and her staff, for their dedicated work on international affairs here at the Department – and for helping pull together this event and the week's activities.
Thank you! What a wonderful convention we have here today! As I look around Freedom Hall, I am so hopeful about our nation's future.
In this crowd of 15,000 strong are the future leaders of America. I see future farmers and ranchersand so much more.
Thank you, Dr. Ross, for that kind introduction and for being a great partner in reform.
I'm pleased to be here today to address the Rural Education National Forum because, too often, the challenges of rural education are neglected.
After nearly five years in Washington, I've learned that much of the public narrative surrounding education is wrong or badly exaggerated.
In what seems to have become an annual ritual, I'm here again today to report on the state of education in America. What I can tell you after nearly five years in Washington is that the public narrative that you hear inside the Beltway and online doesn't reflect the reality I see in classrooms and schools all across America.
Good morning everyone. It's great to be here and help kick off this important conference and critical conversation.
It is always important to me, and I always look forward to the opportunity to address the National HBCU Conference. This year in particular we are at a challenging, pivotal moment in supporting both the enduring and the evolving role of HBCUs.
Just four days from now, Republicans on Capitol Hill are threatening to shut down the government.
I will be brief today so we can get to an important discussion.
Last month, President Obama unveiled a landmark plan to address our country's "crisis of college affordability and student debt."