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December 3, 2013

The Threat of Educational Stagnation and Complacency

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.

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November 18, 2013

Building a Stronger Pipeline of Globally-Competent Citizens

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.

November 5, 2013

America Needs the Next Generation

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 ranchers—and so much more.

October 31, 2013

The New Narrative of Rural Education

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.

September 30, 2013

Beyond The Beltway Bubble

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.

September 30, 2013

Remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to the Congressional Caucus Hispanic Institute

Good morning everyone. It's great to be here and help kick off this important conference and critical conversation.

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September 26, 2013

The Enduring and Evolving Role of HBCUs

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.

September 20, 2013

Assessing Value and Opportunity in Higher Education

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."

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September 13, 2013

2013 “Strong Start, Bright Future” Bus Tour Closing Remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Castle Park Middle School Town Hall, Chula Vista, CA

It's a treat to be here at Castle Park Middle School and to hear about Chula Vista's fantastic Promise Neighborhood program.

Today, we're wrapping up a five-day bus tour of the Southwest and West. I want to tell you about what I saw—and how the transformation of Castle Park Middle School is a beautiful example of what I learned.

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August 27, 2013

Arne Duncan remarks at School Without Walls on anniversary of March on Washington

Thank you & acknowledgements

Thank you, Hugh [Price]. It's a special honor to be introduced by someone who has been a leader and innovator in improving education and in tearing down the national shame of Jim Crow. I know how personal this anniversary is to you, since you served as a marshal in the March on Washington. It's an absolute privilege to be here with you, and so many other distinguished leaders this morning.

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