Speech Archive

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Speech Archive

This page contains speeches by former Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. and speeches by former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

  • January 12, 2017
    Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell reflects on a rapidly shifting landscape, the new goals and new needs of an increasingly diverse student body, and the role of higher education in the future of American democracy.
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  • December 14, 2016
    In Washington, D.C., at the Center for American Progress, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., called upon supporters of public education to set aside political and policy differences and work together to ensure all students–and especially the most vulnerable–receive the educational opportunities they need to thrive.
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  • November 2, 2016
    At the University of Virginia, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., delivered a guest lecture as part of the Walter N. Ridley Distinguished Speaker Series. Ridley was the first African American to graduate from the University of Virginia, with a doctorate in education from the Curry School of Education.
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  • October 24, 2016
    U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., delivered remarks highlighting the progress of America's 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) at the 2016 National HBCU Week Conference in Arlington, Va.
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  • October 21, 2016
    U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., gave remarks at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., about the importance of civics as part of a well-rounded education. He also discussed civic engagement as a cornerstone of democracy and the role of schools in preparing students to be active citizens.
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  • October 6, 2016
    At Johns Hopkins University, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., observed the 50th anniversary of the Coleman Report and discussed the report's relevance for policy and practice today. The Secretary also discussed the Obama Administration's efforts to improve education for disadvantaged students, promote diversity in schools, and work with states to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act.
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  • September 16, 2016
    U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., delivered a speech on the importance of college completion that also highlighted progress in expanding college access, affordability, and success at Louisiana State University (LSU) on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. The speech at LSU was part of events included in the Department of Education's "Opportunity Across America" back-to-school bus tour.
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  • September 16, 2016
    U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., spoke at a college fair at Craigmont High School in Memphis, Tennessee, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, to highlight ways that students and parents can access and pay for college, as part of this year's "Opportunity Across America" back-to-school bus tour. The Secretary shared information about the new, early Oct. 1 availability of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Scorecard—both resources that help students prepare...
  • September 14, 2016
    Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., delivered remarks at the U.S. Department of Education Headquarters in Washington, D.C., before setting off on the seventh annual back-to-school bus tour of the Obama Administration to celebrate progress in communities and states across the country. The tour kicked off in the nation's capital and ended in Louisiana. King and other senior Department officials held events highlighting the Administration's key education initiatives and the progress made to...
  • July 1, 2016

    Good evening everybody. Let me first thank Laura and Nathan for their leadership and for their extraordinary vision and the role PTA should play in our national education conversation,

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