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November 16, 2009

Statement from U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on the Death of Chicago School Board President Michael Scott

I am shocked and saddened by the sudden death of my friend and colleague Michael Scott. Michael cared passionately about public education and made many courageous decisions as president of the Board. He gave his time, energy and talents to improving the life chances of children. Chicago has lost a great leader, and the city’s school children have lost a devoted champion.

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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.

November 3, 2009

Terrel Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership Presented to Eight Principals

The U.S. Department of Education today bestowed the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership on eight public school principals at the 2009 Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony.

October 29, 2009

U.S. Education Secretary Releases Statement on National Center for Education Statistics NAEP Report Released Today

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued the following statement on Mapping State Proficiency Standards onto NAEP Scales: 2005-2007, which the National Center for Education Statistics released today:

October 22, 2009

Tenth Anniversary of "Lights On Afterschool" Calls Attention to Importance of Afterschool Programs Nationwide

Today, at more than 7,500 events across the country and at military bases worldwide, Lights On Afterschool's tenth anniversary is being celebrated in a coordinated drive emphasizing the importance of afterschool programs for America's children, families and communities.

October 22, 2009

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Says Colleges of Education Must Improve for Reforms to Succeed

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today called for America’s colleges of education to dramatically change how they prepare the next generation of teachers so that they are ready to prepare their future students for success in college and careers.

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 16, 2009

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Calls on State Board Members to Be Partners in Success

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today invited state education leaders to join him in a partnership to reform the nation's schools and to clarify the federal government's role in advancing reforms.

October 15, 2009

U.S. Secretary of Education Releases Prepared Remarks to the National Association of State Boards of Education; Calling on State Leaders to Become Partners in Helping to Educate Children

Below are the prepared remarks that U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver on Friday, Oct. 16, at the National Association of State Boards of Education in Cincinnati, Ohio: