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December 28, 2009

Education Department Announces Second Round of Public Meetings Seeking Advice from Experts on Ways to Improve Assessments

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it will hold a second round of public input meetings to listen to and learn from assessment experts and practitioners. To date the department has convened seven meetings in three cities (Boston, Atlanta and Denver).

December 16, 2009

Department of Education Video Highlights School Counselor Jobs Saved in Fairfax County, Va

The U.S. Department of Education today released a six-minute video about three school counselors whose jobs were saved by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The video can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDjlB9l8O7Y.

December 3, 2009

Applications Now Available for $3.5 Billion in Title I School Improvement Grants to Turn Around Nation's Lowest Achieving Public Schools

Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the final requirements for $3.5 billion in Title I School Improvement grants to turn around the nation's lowest performing schools. The applications are now available at http://www.ed.gov/programs/sif/applicant.html and are due into the Department of Education by Feb. 8, 2010.

November 12, 2009

U.S. Department of Education Opens Race to the Top Competition

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today released the final application for more than $4 billion from the Race to the Top Fund, which will reward states that have raised student performance in the past and have the capacity to accelerate achievement gains with innovative reforms.

November 9, 2009

Application Requirements for Final $11.5 Billion in State Fiscal Stabilization Funds Available Now

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that application requirements for the final $11.5 billion in State Fiscal Stabilization Funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 are now available.

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 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 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 4, 2009

Recovery Act Funds Accelerated to Save Jobs, Drive Reforms in Schools with Students in Greatest Need

Delivering unprecedented resources to states and school districts, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that more than $11 billion is now available to further save jobs and drive reforms.