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This page contains speeches by Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. and speeches by former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

  • November 2, 2016
    At the University of Virginia, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., delivered a guest lecture as part of the Walter N. Ridley Distinguished Speaker Series. Ridley was the first African American to graduate from the University of Virginia, with a doctorate in education from the Curry School of Education.
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  • October 24, 2016
    U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., delivered remarks highlighting the progress of America's 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) at the 2016 National HBCU Week Conference in Arlington, Va.
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  • October 21, 2016
    U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., gave remarks at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., about the importance of civics as part of a well-rounded education. He also discussed civic engagement as a cornerstone of democracy and the role of schools in preparing students to be active citizens.
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  • October 6, 2016
    At Johns Hopkins University, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., observed the 50th anniversary of the Coleman Report and discussed the report's relevance for policy and practice today. The Secretary also discussed the Obama Administration's efforts to improve education for disadvantaged students, promote diversity in schools, and work with states to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act.
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  • September 16, 2016
    U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., delivered a speech on the importance of college completion that also highlighted progress in expanding college access, affordability, and success at Louisiana State University (LSU) on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. The speech at LSU was part of events included in the Department of Education's "Opportunity Across America" back-to-school bus tour.
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  • September 16, 2016
    U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., spoke at a college fair at Craigmont High School in Memphis, Tennessee, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, to highlight ways that students and parents can access and pay for college, as part of this year's "Opportunity Across America" back-to-school bus tour. The Secretary shared information about the new, early Oct. 1 availability of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Scorecard—both resources that help students prepare...
  • September 14, 2016
    Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., delivered remarks at the U.S. Department of Education Headquarters in Washington, D.C., before setting off on the seventh annual back-to-school bus tour of the Obama Administration to celebrate progress in communities and states across the country. The tour kicked off in the nation's capital and ended in Louisiana. King and other senior Department officials held events highlighting the Administration's key education initiatives and the progress made to...
  • July 1, 2016

    Good evening everybody. Let me first thank Laura and Nathan for their leadership and for their extraordinary vision and the role PTA should play in our national education conversation,

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  • June 28, 2016
    In a speech at the National Charter School Conference in Nashville, Tenn., U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. called for charter schools to become leaders in rethinking student discipline so that more students remain in the classroom and have the opportunity to learn. The charter sector, like traditional public schools, is showing improvement in this area, but there is more work to be done to ensure all students are in the classroom learning every day. King urged charter schools to...
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  • June 18, 2016

    Thank you, Nada. You and all of today's student presenters and performers have been wonderful so far.

    Good morning, T.C. Williams graduates!  You make us proud. You inspire us. You are the reason the outstanding educators here – Superintendent Crawley, your school board members, Dr. Dingle and his exceptional faculty – are working passionately to make T.C. a state-of-the-art, high-performing high school, where all students succeed.

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