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  • February 24, 2014

    Thank you, Governor Beshear. It’s great to be back at the NGA. And I welcome this opportunity to talk about the role of early learning with our governors. On both sides of the political aisle, it’s the governors who are really leading the nation in expanding high-quality early learning, from birth to age five.

  • February 5, 2014

    Thank you for that kind introduction, Principal Maxey. Today, is a great day here at T.C. Williams High School for two reasons.

    First, we’re here to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA form. Note that word “free.”

  • January 27, 2014

    I am pleased to speak to ASCD's leadership because I believe educators across the country today have finally reached a long-sought turning point.

  • January 13, 2014

    Thanks, David, for that warm introduction, and for all your leadership. I'm delighted to see leaders whose work has been so important to empowering parents: Otha Thornton of the National PTA; Janet Murguía of the National Council of La Raza; Marc Morial of the National Urban League; and Kati Haycock of The Education Trust.

  • January 8, 2014

    My thanks to CEO Edwards and President Dukes for their comments, and for that gracious introduction.

    I thank you for your unwavering commitment to equal opportunity for all students and your leadership in rethinking school discipline in Maryland. And I’m so pleased to be joined here today by my good friend and colleague, Attorney General Holder.

  • December 6, 2013

    Good evening, everyone. Thank you, Doug, for the warm welcome, and for all your hard work and leadership at ACTE. I also want to recognize our UFT colleagues in the room, for your tireless efforts on behalf of students.

  • December 6, 2013

    I'm pleased to be back at the FSA conference. And I'm excited to speak to you today for two reasons.

    First, I want to celebrate the critically important but too often unrecognized work that financial aid officers do every day throughout our country.

  • December 3, 2013

    Thank you, Mr. Secretary General, and thank you, Governor Wise, for your comments and for joining the release of the 2012 PISA results today.

    In a number of important respects, the United States has made educational progress since the 2009 PISA.

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  • November 19, 2013

    Good afternoon, everyone – and welcome to our Department's kick-off event for International Education Week.

    As we get started, I want to thank Maureen McLaughlin and her staff, for their dedicated work on international affairs here at the Department – and for helping pull together this event and the week's activities.

  • November 5, 2013

    Thank you! What a wonderful convention we have here today! As I look around Freedom Hall, I am so hopeful about our nation's future.

    In this crowd of 15,000 strong are the future leaders of America. I see future farmers and ranchers—and so much more.