March 30, 2011
I want to extend my thanks to the many people here today who are on the frontlines of the effort to strengthen and reinvigorate civics education.
It's a special privilege to be here with one of my heroes, Justice O'Connor. After more than twenty years on the bench, everyone would have...
March 24, 2011
Thank you, Elise. And thanks to United Way LA for convening this Summit, and for its steadfast commitment to driving education reform here.
I believe that this Summit is timed just right, because the public school system of Los Angeles is at a crossroads today.
City leaders, community groups...
March 16, 2011
It's an absolute honor to be here tonight, and I know our time is short, and I don't want to stand between you and dinner, so I'm going to get right to the point. In order to win the future, as President Obama has challenged us, we must enable every single American to reach their potential, and...
March 15, 2011
Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee:
Thank you for inviting me to testify on the future of the Federal Pell Grant program. As you know, President Obama's FY 2012 Budget proposal will further the President's ambitious goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the...
March 14, 2011
Two years ago, I came to Washington with one goal-- to give every single child in America the very best education possible.
While I was optimistic about what we could accomplish, I never imagined we would be where we are today.
Over the last two years, we have seen more change in our...
March 11, 2011
Back in August, the U.S. Department of Education and several other agencies convened the first-ever federally sponsored conference on bullying.
That day demonstrated a new commitment to do the hard work to fight bullying across federal agencies.
It included an extraordinary range of NGOs,...
March 9, 2011
Chairman Kline, Ranking Member Miller, and Members of the Committee:
Thank you for this opportunity to come here today and talk about President Obama's education agenda.
Last week I spoke before the Senate Budget Committee and emphasized our administration's dual commitments to reduce...
March 2, 2011
When the World Bank was founded in 1944, much of Europe, Russia, and Japan lay in ruin.
Today, the world is no longer recovering from a tragic global war. Yet the international community faces a crisis of a different sort, the global economic crunch. And education--then and now--is the beacon...
March 1, 2011
Chairman Conrad, Ranking Member Sessions, and Members of the Committee:
Thank you for this opportunity to come before this Committee and talk about President Obama's fiscal year 2012 budget to help America out-educate the rest of the world. There is broad agreement that the Federal government...