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  • July 26, 2011

    I’m excited to be here this morning--and to participate in the Iowa Education Summit with Governor Branstad and so many distinguished educators, school leaders, district administrators, lawmakers, and parents all committed to giving Iowa’s children a world-class education.

  • July 26, 2011

    It is a real pleasure to be able to join you today. And it also pleased me to see that this year's convention was being held here in Houston. Now, I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, but it's not because I'm in love with Houston's hot and humid summers. I've got plenty of that in DC. But it's because Houston has something in common with what's going on in Washington DC.

  • July 26, 2011

    Good evening! It's an absolute pleasure to be here.

  • July 21, 2011

    Under Secretary Martha Kanter and several senior ED officials discussed college completion and President Obama's 2020 Goal in the main auditorium at the Department of Education on July 21, 2011. Audience members included Department employees as well as a diverse group of external stakeholders. Topics included:

  • June 28, 2011

    Chairman Durbin and Ranking Member Cornyn and members of the subcommittee:

    Thank you for the opportunity to come here today to talk about the DREAM Act. As you know, the Obama administration strongly supports this legislation, which historically has enjoyed support from both sides of the aisle.

  • June 28, 2011

    I'm pleased to be here this evening for a couple of reasons.

    Schools to Watch is doing absolutely invaluable work in the middle grades. You are helping to lead the field in middle grade reform—and as a nation, we do far too little to celebrate success in education.

  • May 24, 2011

    I welcome this opportunity to reflect on what the United States can learn from the nations with the best-performing education systems. My thanks to Marc Tucker and the National Center on Education and the Economy for having me here today.

  • May 9, 2011

    Thank you, Jermaine--and my thanks to the Student Government Association and to all of the class of 2011 for having me here today.

    First things first--let me just say how disappointed Secretary Duncan was that he couldn't make the trip today. But he asked me to convey his praise and pride for the hard work that brought you to this graduation day and earning your degree.

  • April 27, 2011

    Note: Speaker deviated from prepared remarks.

    I am pleased to be joining NIEER at the release of their annual State of Preschool report because early childhood education is so central to our children and our nation's future. Yet for all of the importance of early childhood education, NIEER's 2010 State of Preschool report reveals some troubling trends.

  • April 22, 2011

    We're at a time when Americans everywhere are asking some very tough questions about education. But it all comes down to one: What will it take to dramatically improve public education in America?