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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.

  • January 6, 2016

    Thank you so much. It’s good to be home. I will say a couple of things before I start. First off, Christina (Waters). I met her, I recall meeting her when she was in the hospital fighting for her life. She had gone through elementary school to Ariel Community Academy. Great student. Fantastic basketball player. (Inaudible). Was going in a couple of days to college to compete. Was at a church social and was shot there in the head. Don’t know why. Don’t know by whom.

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  • December 14, 2015

    Thank you so much. I think all that applause might be for the last speech part of what she said so. I’m honored to be here. It might not quite be my last speech and I’ll keep it pretty brief.

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  • November 12, 2015
    In a speech at Burke High School in Boston, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan discussed the progress states and districts have seen in the last six years in partnership with the Department's signature programs and policies, including Race to the Top, School Improvement Grants and Elementary and Secondary Education Act flexibility.
  • September 30, 2015
    In a speech at the National Press Club, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called on state and local governments to invest in schools instead of jails. It's about setting a different direction as a society, a different priority—one that says we believe in great teaching early in our kids' lives, rather than courts, jails and prisons later.
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  • July 27, 2015
    Secretary of Education Arne Duncan laid out his vision for America’s higher education system of the future. Duncan noted that while more students are graduating college than ever before at our nation’s world-class colleges and universities, for far too many students, the nation’s higher education system isn’t delivering what they need and deserve.
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  • June 29, 2015

    Speaking from the perspective of a father of two young children, Secretary Arne Duncan described a set of educational rights that should belong to every family in America at the National PTA Convention in Charlotte, NC. These foundational family rights can unite everyone who works to ensure that students are prepared to thrive in school and in life. The set of rights follows the educational journey of a student—from access to quality preschool; to engagement in safe, well-resourced...

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  • June 13, 2015

    Good afternoon!

    Thank you for that kind introduction, Sidney—and best of luck at Howard University this fall!

    I'm sorry to say that we're just giving out diplomas today and not tickets for cruises, bowling, or Busch Gardens—apparently you got enough of that this year.

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  • May 14, 2015

    Thank you, Dr. McCallin for the warm welcome. It is a pleasure to share the platform with you and Ms. Peña.

    Thank you both for your leadership, and for all that Colorado's community colleges do to help students—from every walk of life—fulfill their tremendous potential.

    The proof is right here—in the remarkable men and women who have earned their degrees and certificates today.

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  • May 9, 2015
    I. Intro

    Thank you so much, and good morning.

    I'm so honored to be with you today, and to join in celebrating the class of 2015's success.

    We're all living in a moment when so many aspects of our society and the world are in the midst of being reimagined, and redefined. Astounding changes have taken place since the year of this great university's founding—1909—from the end of Jim Crow segregation to the election of America's first black president.

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  • May 2, 2015

    Thank you, Dr. Peterson, for that very kind introduction—and for your unwavering stewardship of this important institution. Both here and throughout your remarkable career, you have brought a visionary approach to an ever-changing educational landscape.

    It's a real honor to be with you and everyone assembled today as we celebrate this momentous occasion—especially the members of the Georgia Tech Class of 2015! Congratulations to all of you!

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