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September 8, 2011

The Road to a Rust Belt Renaissance

For the past week I've been on a bus tour of the Great Lakes Region. Everywhere I've gone, I've talked about the urgent need to elevate education to build a better workforce and an expanding economy.

And yet everywhere I've gone, I've heard a tale of two cities.

August 26, 2011

In Service of Home: The Journey for the Seventh Generation


This is a great day. It's a time to reflect on your wonderful accomplishments and look forward to your future and the future of our nation.

It's a chance to honor those who have supported you and nurtured you – and to think about how you can serve your community, your culture and future generations.

July 29, 2011

Working Toward "Wow": A Vision for a New Teaching Profession

Thanks for having me. It's a real honor to be addressing an organization that has done so much to strengthen America's most important profession.

I don't look at newspaper cartoons much, but someone showed me one the other day that got me thinking. It showed a sports fantasy camp with a bunch of athletes standing around waiting to get an autograph from a short, balding guy.

July 27, 2011

Duncan Testifies Before Senate Committee on ED Budget

Good morning Chairman Harkin and Ranking Member Shelby. Thanks very much for having me here today to talk about education, the economy and the need to continue investing in our future—even as Congress and the administration work together to reduce overall spending and manage our deficit.

July 25, 2011

Iowa's Wake-Up Call

I’m excited to be here this morning--and to participate in the Iowa Education Summit with Governor Branstad and so many distinguished educators, school leaders, district administrators, lawmakers, and parents all committed to giving Iowa’s children a world-class education.

July 7, 2011

The Unfinished Work of Education Reform

It is a real pleasure to be able to join you today. And it also pleased me to see that this year's convention was being held here in Houston. Now, I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, but it's not because I'm in love with Houston's hot and humid summers. I've got plenty of that in DC. But it's because Houston has something in common with what's going on in Washington DC.

July 7, 2011

Partnering for Education Reform

Good evening! It's an absolute pleasure to be here.

July 21, 2011

Meeting President Obama's 2020 College Completion Goal

Under Secretary Martha Kanter and several senior ED officials discussed college completion and President Obama's 2020 Goal in the main auditorium at the Department of Education on July 21, 2011. Audience members included Department employees as well as a diverse group of external stakeholders. Topics included:

June 28, 2011

DREAM Act Testimony

Chairman Durbin and Ranking Member Cornyn and members of the subcommittee:

Thank you for the opportunity to come here today to talk about the DREAM Act. As you know, the Obama administration strongly supports this legislation, which historically has enjoyed support from both sides of the aisle.

June 23, 2011

Making the Middle Grades Matter

I'm pleased to be here this evening for a couple of reasons.

Schools to Watch is doing absolutely invaluable work in the middle grades. You are helping to lead the field in middle grade reform—and as a nation, we do far too little to celebrate success in education.