Thank you, Jermaine--and my thanks to the Student Government Association and to all of the class of 2011 for having me here today.
First things first--let me just say how disappointed Secretary Duncan was that he couldn't make the trip today. But he asked me to convey his praise and pride for the hard work that brought you to this graduation day and earning your degree.
Secretary Arne Duncan's Remarks at the Release of the National Institute for Early Education Research Report, "The State of Preschool 2010"
Note: Speaker deviated from prepared remarks.
I am pleased to be joining NIEER at the release of their annual State of Preschool report because early childhood education is so central to our children and our nation's future. Yet for all of the importance of early childhood education, NIEER's 2010 State of Preschool report reveals some troubling trends.
We're at a time when Americans everywhere are asking some very tough questions about education. But it all comes down to one: What will it take to dramatically improve public education in America?
I want to start by thanking you. All of you here today have dedicated your lives to the classroom and your students.
I know that you could have chosen easier jobs – and everyone knows there are plenty of better paying jobs--especially people with your high level of mathematical knowledge.
Thank you for having me here today.
I'm here at a time when Americans everywhere are asking some very tough questions of themselves -- and it all comes down to this: What will it take to dramatically improve public education in America?
I want to extend my thanks to the many people here today who are on the frontlines of the effort to strengthen and reinvigorate civics education.
It's a special privilege to be here with one of my heroes, Justice O'Connor. After more than twenty years on the bench, everyone would have understood if she withdrew from public life and took up quieter pursuits. But she didn't.
Thank you, Elise. And thanks to United Way LA for convening this Summit, and for its steadfast commitment to driving education reform here.
I believe that this Summit is timed just right, because the public school system of Los Angeles is at a crossroads today.
Preparing Students with Disabilities for Success: Secretary Duncan's Remarks to the American Association for People with Disabilities
It's an absolute honor to be here tonight, and I know our time is short, and I don't want to stand between you and dinner, so I'm going to get right to the point. In order to win the future, as President Obama has challenged us, we must enable every single American to reach their potential, and in my book, all means all.
Testimony on the Pell Grant Program by Under Secretary Martha Kanter Before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee:
Two years ago, I came to Washington with one goal-- to give every single child in America the very best education possible.
While I was optimistic about what we could accomplish, I never imagined we would be where we are today.
Over the last two years, we have seen more change in our education system than we've seen over the past two decades.