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July 14, 2010

Equity and Education Reform: Secretary Arne Duncan's Remarks at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Good morning. And thank you.

President Obama often says that the story of the civil rights movement was written in the classroom -- and for some time now, I have been saying that education is the civil rights issue of our generation.

July 9, 2010

Under Secretary Martha J. Kanter's Remarks at the Excelsior College Commencement

President Ebersole, Chairman Yepp, distinguished guests, faculty, families, friends, and, most especially, the Excelsior Class of 2010, students, thank you for inviting me to speak at your commencement.

July 1, 2010

Remarks by Secretary Arne Duncan to the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools

I'm sorry I couldn't be with you there live today in person, but I'll keep my remarks very brief and open it up to any questions you might have.

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June 26, 2010

The Link in the Chain: Secretary Arne Duncan's Remarks at the De Anza College Commencement

Thank you, President Murphy. It's a pleasure to be here this morning to join in celebrating the class of 2010's success.

I want to begin with a confession today: I was a little intimidated to learn about some of the celebrity orators who speak at commencement ceremonies in the Bay Area.

June 25, 2010

The Protean Career: Secretary Arne Duncan's Remarks at the Foothill College Commencement

Thank you, President Miner, for that very generous introduction and for your extraordinary leadership. It's an honor to be here this evening, and to join in celebrating the class of 2010's success.

June 22, 2010

The Relevance of Liberal Arts to a Prosperous Democracy: Under Secretary Martha J. Kanter’s Remarks at the Annapolis Group Conference

Thank you, Mark, for that gracious introduction. It's a pleasure to be here today to meet the Annapolis Group, to discuss the significance of the liberal arts in general, to address what I think are several popular misconceptions about liberal arts colleges and universities, and to open a dialogue with you to reach President Obama's 2020 goal.

June 11, 2010

Beyond Bubble Tests and Bake Sales: Secretary Arne Duncan's Remarks at the 114th Annual National PTA Convention

Thank you. It's an honor to speak to the nation's oldest and largest volunteer child advocacy organization.

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June 10, 2010

Remarks of Dr. Martha J. Kanter, Under Secretary, 40th Commencement of Rhodes State College

Thank you Dr. McCurdy, Board of Trustees, Honorary Society members, faculty, staff, and distinguished alumni.

To members of the class of 2010, your families, and friends, congratulations on this important day in your lives, the lives of your nation, and the life of this institution.

June 9, 2010

Education and Destiny: Secretary Arne Duncan's Remarks at the 96th Annual Hampton University Ministers' Conference in Hampton, Virginia

Good morning. It's a great honor to be here today among America's faith leaders. It's an even greater honor to follow in the shoes of heroes like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who spoke here in 1962.

Not a day goes by that I don't think of him, and draw inspiration from him.