September 19, 2012
The U.S. Department of Education today awarded a grant of $6,640,000 to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to implement and expand its efforts in arts education and arts integration at the national level. Beginning with the first year of a three-year program, this grant will allow all children access to the life-changing benefits of an arts education.
September 18, 2012U.S. Department of Education Awards Nearly $228 Million to 97 Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in 19 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be able to strengthen their academic resources, financial management systems, endowment-building capacity, and physical plants as a result of a $227.9 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education today.
September 13, 2012U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $6 Million to Improve Indian Education and Professional Development
The U.S. Department of Education today awarded 22 grants totaling more than $6 million to improve educational opportunities and achievement for American Indian children in 13 states and to provide professional development for individuals of American Indian descent who serve in the education field.
September 13, 2012Education Department Awards $5.4 Million in Grants to 14 Institutions to Help Strengthen Postsecondary Institutions
The U.S. Department of Education announced today the award of $5.4 million in new grants to 14 colleges and universities as part of the Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP). This initiative helps postsecondary schools expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability of eligible institutions and build a framework to help students complete college.
September 12, 2012U.S. Education Department Launches Improved, Online Professional Learning Community with New Features to Inform and Inspire Adult Educators
Today, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education re-launched its first-ever online, professional learning community for adult educators called the “Literacy Information and Communication System” (LINCS).
September 11, 2012
Secretary Arne Duncan issued the following statement today in response to events in Chicago:
“I hope that the parties will come together to settle this quickly and get our kids back in the classroom. I’m confident that both sides have the best interests of the students at heart, and that they can collaborate at the bargaining table – as teachers and school districts have done all over the country – to reach a solution that puts kids first.”
September 11, 2012U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $9.8 Million to Fund Centers for Parents of Students with Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of more than $9.8 million in grants to 16 states to operate 25 Parent Training and Information (PTI) Centers for parents of students with disabilities. The Department also awarded $1.1 million to provide funding for 11 Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs) in nine states and Puerto Rico.
September 10, 2012
The Obama Administration today has received requests from seven new states, Puerto Rico and the Bureau of Indian Education for flexibility from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in exchange for state-developed plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership.
September 7, 2012
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today recognized 269 schools as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overall academic excellence, or for making progress in improving student academic achievement levels. Secretary Duncan was joined by Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Patrick Murphy for the announcement at Arlington Traditional Elementary School in Arlington, Va.
September 6, 2012
As a part of the U.S. Department of Education's third annual back-to-school bus tour, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and top federal education officials will visit a number of cities across the country. They will participate in a series of events and community conversations to be held coast-to-coast to reinforce the message that Education Drives America.