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November 3, 2009

Terrel Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership Presented to Eight Principals

The U.S. Department of Education today bestowed the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership on eight public school principals at the 2009 Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony.

October 29, 2009

U.S. Education Secretary Releases Statement on National Center for Education Statistics NAEP Report Released Today

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued the following statement on Mapping State Proficiency Standards onto NAEP Scales: 2005-2007, which the National Center for Education Statistics released today:

October 23, 2009

Secretary Arne Duncan's Remarks to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

Good Morning. Thank you for inviting me here today. It is an honor to sit here in this room with our nation's leading scientists and engineers. You're the experts in your field, the people the president trusts to build an agenda for science and technology and to advise him, me, and my colleagues in the Cabinet.

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October 22, 2009

Tenth Anniversary of "Lights On Afterschool" Calls Attention to Importance of Afterschool Programs Nationwide

Today, at more than 7,500 events across the country and at military bases worldwide, Lights On Afterschool's tenth anniversary is being celebrated in a coordinated drive emphasizing the importance of afterschool programs for America's children, families and communities.

October 20, 2009

Education Department Seeks Advice from Experts on Ways to Improve Assessments

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it will hold public meetings across the country to listen and learn from assessment experts and practitioners.

October 16, 2009

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Calls on State Board Members to Be Partners in Success

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today invited state education leaders to join him in a partnership to reform the nation's schools and to clarify the federal government's role in advancing reforms.

October 16, 2009

Partners for Success

It's my pleasure to be here today. Thank you for rescheduling my speech. As you know, when the president calls and asks you to be with him on an important trip, you go.

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October 15, 2009

U.S. Secretary of Education Releases Prepared Remarks to the National Association of State Boards of Education; Calling on State Leaders to Become Partners in Helping to Educate Children

Below are the prepared remarks that U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver on Friday, Oct. 16, at the National Association of State Boards of Education in Cincinnati, Ohio:

October 7, 2009

Make No Small Plans

Thank you, Terry, for that kind introduction. I've known Terry for years—and the work of the Chicago Community Trust was absolutely invaluable to me during my time as CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.

October 7, 2009

Building Safe and Healthy Communities

In recent weeks America has seen a side of Chicago that we all wish didn't exist. The graphic video of Fenger High School student Derrion Albert being fatally beaten is terrifying, heartbreaking and tragic. It shocks the conscience.

This bright and happy young honor student had his whole life ahead of him – but now it has been cut short by senseless violence.