Thank you, President Rodríguez, and good afternoon everyone. Thanks for welcoming me to Caiman Country, and for gracing me with an honorary degree.
Thank you so much, President Fowler, for that kind introduction.
It's such a pleasure to join you today to do something that should happen much more often in educationand that is to celebrate success. I can't tell you how honored I am to have this opportunity to speak with you, and to celebrate your accomplishments with your friends and family.
Opening Remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the Panel "The Obama Preschool Initiative"
My thanks to Ron Haskins, and the Brookings Institution, for hosting this discussion about President Obama's landmark proposal for high-quality preschool.
And I'm happy to see Congresswoman Nancy Johnson, who's been a longtime champion for children and a great thought-partner on the President's proposal.
Thank you, Bears, for that welcome! I am so glad to join you here because today we get to do something which should happen more often in education. Today, we get to celebrate success.
It's a great pleasure and honor to be with you here today. GPPI is a world-class institution. And I am thrilled to be able to celebrate your success and share a few words with you as you earn your degrees and embark on the next stage of the journeys of the Class of 2013.
I'm delighted to be here, and thrilled to have an opportunity to honor the extraordinary life and career of a dear friend, and one of my heroes, Barbara Bowman.
I don't think anyone here will be surprised that Barbara clearly instructed me not to talk about her this evening.
Remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to the National Head Start Association Conference
It's great to join my good friend Secretary Sebelius again to talk about President Obama's landmark birth-to-age-5 early childhood proposal to provide a seamless continuum of care for our children.
Secretary Sebelius has been an extraordinary advocate for childrenand a wonderful partner with ED in our work together on early learning.
I'm going to talk at some length today about some of the current controversies over standardized testing and the purposes of assessment. But I want to preface those remarks by saying how much I value compelling education research. The truth is that today educators and policymakers still have a large unmet need for relevant research.
Opening Statement, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan--Release of NIEER's "The State of Preschool 2012" Yearbook
Secretary Sebelius has been a great advocate for children and a fantastic partner with ED in our work together on early learning. I can't thank her enough for stepping up to do the right thing for children.
It's good to be back at the release of NIEER's annual state of preschool yearbook--though to be frank, I wish this year's analysis had more good news to report.
Good morning Mr. Chairman and Members of the Subcommittee. I'm pleased to be here today to talk with you about President Obama's priorities and plans for the Department of Education.
I'm happy we were able to submit the President's 2014 Budget to the Congress last week, and to have this opportunity to talk with you today about some of the President's major proposals.