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October 6, 2009

U.S. Secretary of Education Announces National Competition to Invest in Innovation

Clarification: The final application for Race to the Top will be available in late fall.

October 1, 2009

$21.8 Billion Distributed to Promote Educational Improvement

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today the distribution of more than $21.8 billion in formula grants to support state-administered programs that support teachers and help students reach high standards.

September 29, 2009

$6.6 Million in Striving Readers Grants Awarded to help Struggling Readers

Eight states will receive $6.6 million in Striving Readers grants to improve the literacy skills of struggling adolescent readers, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today.

September 24, 2009

Secretary Duncan Says Rewrite of 'No Child Left Behind' Should Start Now; Reauthorization Can't Wait

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today said that the $24.8 billion in federal funds available annually to the nation's schools should support reforms that prepare students for success in college and careers.

September 24, 2009

Reauthorization of ESEA: Why We Can't Wait

Good morning and thank you so much for coming today.

As you know, this is the first of a series of public conversations our department is holding here in DC on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

September 23, 2009

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan Issues Statement on Report on High School Dropout and Completion Rates

“President Obama says, 'When you drop out of school, you're not just quitting on yourself, you're quitting on your country'. We need to educate our way to a better economy, and we won't be able to do that if one in four kids who enter high school aren't graduating within four years.

September 23, 2009

White House Hosts New Hampshire Town Hall on Importance of Fatherhood and Education

Today, as part of the continuing National Conversation on Fatherhood, Obama Administration officials made the second stop of a national initiative with a visit to Manchester, New Hampshire to focus on the importance of fathers in the education of their children. The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, in cooperation with The U.S.

September 22, 2009

U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $108.8 Million in Early Reading First Grants to Help Prepare Young Children to Read

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the award of more than $108.8 million in Early Reading First grants to 28 local education agencies and other public or private organizations in 18 states and Washington, D.C., to improve the school readiness of young children, especially those from low-income families.

September 21, 2009

U.S. Department of Education Video Contest Challenges Students to Take Responsibility for Their Education

In two minutes or less, America's students have an opportunity to show the nation and the world how far education can take them and how they will achieve their dreams.

September 17, 2009

Statement by Secretaries Duncan and Sebelius on House Passage of Early Learning Challenge Fund

Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius praised progress made by Congress today as the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA), HR 3221, passed the U.S. House of Representatives.