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  • June 22, 2014

    Secretary Duncan congratulated the 2014 Presidential Scholars and celebrated the program's 50th year. He also recognized the collective and individual accomplishments of this year's class. Secretary Duncan advised the audience to work collectively to solve problems, to pursue their passions, and to surround themselves with mentors and role models, while making every year a milestone year.

  • June 7, 2014

    [Note: Secretary Duncan deviated in spots from his prepared remarks]

    Thank you, President DePoe, for that kind introduction. I am honored to be here, in the home of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes, and especially to share this wonderful day with you, your families, our tribal leadership, and our elders.

  • May 20, 2014

    Secretary Duncan spoke both to why education is the civil rights issue of our generation and the unfulfilled promise of Brown v. Board of Education. Equity is a theme of virtually all the Obama administration's initiatives in education. The Secretary urged education reporters to aggressively report not only on achievement and opportunity gaps but on the "courage gap" and "action gap."

  • May 16, 2014

    [Note: Secretary Duncan deviated in spots from his prepared remarks]

    Thank you, President Crow. And congratulations, Sun Devils!

    On the way over, President Crow gave me a quick tutorial on how to make the Pitchfork.

  • April 30, 2014

    In the opening statement to the Senate Appropriations subcommittee, Secretary Duncan hailed a record high school graduation rate and increased college attainment in the U.S. but said that large and costly opportunity gaps still remain. He called on Congress to enact President Obama's FY budget 2015 budget for education, stressing the importance of investing in education, and the moral and economic imperative for closing opportunity gaps and enhancing equity. (For a fuller exposition of the 2015 budget at the hearing, see the Statement for Record by Secretary Duncan on the department's FY 2015 budget request.)

  • April 29, 2014

    I want to begin by thanking Congress for your work on the 2014 appropriation for education. I appreciate the funding increases that you included in the fiscal year 2014 appropriation. However, it’s important to recognize that total discretionary funding for the Department of Education, excluding Pell Grants, remains below the fiscal year 2010 level, and I worry about the long-term impact of the continuing slide in Federal education funding on the health of our economy and our democracy.

  • April 28, 2014

    At the Building a Grad Nation Summit, Sec. Duncan celebrated the country’s record 80% high school graduation rate, and called for a focus on college completion, especially for minority and low-income students, noting that the nation's public schools will be majority-minority for the first time this fall,

  • April 8, 2014

    Chairman Rogers, Ranking Member Lowey, Chairman Kingston, Ranking Member DeLauro, and Members of the Subcommittee:

    Let me begin by thanking you for your work on the 2014 appropriation, which increased our investment in education over the previous year.

  • March 21, 2014

    Thank you, Catherine [Lhamon]. I can't thank Catherine enough for the extraordinary leadership that she has shown as head of our Office for Civil Rights and for her passionate commitment to protect and ensure equal opportunity for all students.

  • March 15, 2014

    Thanks, Ron [Thorpe] for that warm introduction and for all of your leadership. Congratulations on what has become one of the most dynamic discussions of teaching anywhere. You’ll be very relieved to know that unlike some of your other speakers, I will not be singing a capella, sharing my views on Abraham Lincoln, or putting a new operating system on your computer.