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December 8, 2010

Education and the Language Gap: Secretary Arne Duncan's Remarks at the Foreign Language Summit

It is an honor to be here at the University of Maryland which has worked closely with the Department of Education for more than 20 years to advance the teaching of languages such as Hebrew, Farsi, Chinese, and Russian.

December 7, 2010

Secretary Arne Duncan's Remarks at OECD's Release of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2009 Results

Since the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) first implemented PISA in 2000, it has mushroomed to 60 countries and five non-national entities, such as Shanghai.

November 30, 2010

Secretary Arne Duncan's Remarks at the Release of America’s Promise Alliance Report, “Building A Grad Nation”

Speaker deviated at points from prepared remarks:

The new “Building a Grad Nation” report ought to be required reading for those who believe that the high school dropout problem is too intractable to successfully take on.

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November 30, 2010

Start, to Finish: Deputy Secretary Tony Miller's Remarks at the Federal Student Aid Conference

My thanks to Bill Taggart and Eduardo Ochoa , who just detailed the tremendous record of the past year in providing student aid and highlighted some of our plans and thinking for next year.

November 18, 2010

Fulfilling the Promise of IDEA: Remarks on the 35th Anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

I am so happy to be here today to celebrate the transformative impact of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. For 35 years, IDEA has guaranteed students with disabilities their civil right to a free, appropriate public education.

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November 17, 2010

The New Normal: Doing More with Less -- Secretary Arne Duncan's Remarks at the American Enterprise Institute

I am here to talk today about what has been called the New Normal. For the next several years, preschool, K-12, and postsecondary educators are likely to face the challenge of doing more with less.

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November 16, 2010

Secretary Arne Duncan's Remarks to National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

A little over a year ago, I gave a speech on reforming teacher preparation programs at the Teachers College at Columbia that caused something of a stir. You may remember it.

November 9, 2010

The Digital Transformation in Education: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's remarks at the State Educational Technology Directors Association Education Forum

It's my pleasure to be here today to release the final version of the National Education Technology Plan.

This plan is the product of wide-ranging consultation and almost two years of hard work.

Our team at the Department of Education sought input from teachers, students, and others. Thousands of people contributed in one way or another.

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November 4, 2010

The Vision of Education Reform in the United States: Secretary Arne Duncan's Remarks to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris, France

It is an absolute honor to address UNESCO. During the last 65 years, UNESCO has done so much to advance the cause of education and gender equity, alleviate poverty, and promote peace. When UNESCO was founded in 1945, much of Europe, Russia, and Japan lay in ruin.

October 27, 2010

The Link Between Standards and Innovation: Secretary Arne Duncan's Remarks to Innovate to Educate Symposium, Richmond, VA

It is pleasure to be here today.

Thank you, Governor McDonnell for convening such a great group of leaders to discuss how Virginians can use innovation to drive education reform.

Today, I want to discuss the often neglected link between standards and innovation. Even the very words "standards" and "innovation" seem at odds with each other.