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July 12, 2009

Deputy Under Secretary Robert Shireman's Remarks at the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators

Thank you for the generous introduction. As someone who has spent much of a career immersed in federal education policy, it is a thrill to have a large audience of people who won't bolt for the door if I talk about things like ISIRs, dependency overrides, and Experimental Sites.

July 2, 2009

Partners in Reform

Good morning. Thank you for having me and thank you for hosting one of our Listening and Learning events. We embarked on this tour to hear from people in classrooms and schools—people who are facing educational challenges and finding solutions.

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June 22, 2009

Turning Around the Bottom Five Percent

The secretary introduced his speech with an overview of his Listening and Learning Tour and a summary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. He occasionally deviated from this prepared text.

Today, I want to focus on the challenge of turning around our chronically low-achieving schools. These schools have failed to make progress year after year.

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June 18, 2009

Secretary Arne Duncan's Remarks at the Interagency Committee on Disability Research

Thank you so much. I'm really pleased to be here, and I will be pretty brief, I know I'm the warm up for Kareem. I want to thank you all for your collective efforts and thinking about doing business differently. And it has just been amazing to me as we have gotten started here, this idea of collaboration, how critically important it is for everything that we do.

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June 14, 2009

States Will Lead the Way Toward Reform

I am continually struck by the profound wisdom underlying the American political experiment. The genius of our system is that much of the power to shape our future has, wisely, been distributed to the states instead of being confined to Washington.

Our best ideas have always come from state and local governments, which are the real hothouses of innovation in America.

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June 8, 2009

Robust Data Gives Us The Roadmap to Reform

Good morning, and thank you, Stuart (Kerachsky of the Institute of Education Sciences [IES]), so much for that nice introduction.

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June 4, 2009

James H. Shelton, III, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement, Testifies Before the House Committee on Education and Labor

Good morning Chairman Miller, Ranking Member McKeon and distinguished members of the Committee. Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the topic of Building on What Works at Charter Schools. Improving our education system is one of this Administration's highest priorities. Our goal is to improve education at every level for all students.

June 3, 2009

Secretary Arne Duncan Testifies on the Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Request Before the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee:

Thank you for this opportunity to testify on behalf of President Obama's fiscal year 2010 budget for the Department of Education, and to talk with you about how together we can lay the foundation for a generation of reform that can restore American leadership in education.

May 20, 2009

Secretary Arne Duncan Testifies Before the House Education and Labor Committee

Thank you Chairman Miller, Representative McKeon, and all the members of the committee for the invitation to be here today. It is my pleasure to share with you President Obama's plan for American education. It is a comprehensive plan that meets the educational needs of our youngest citizens from cradle to career.

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