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June 25, 2013

Duncan Pushes Back on Attacks on Common Core Standards

Thank you, Clark. The work you are doing to help the next generation become more sophisticated in understanding the news is absolutely vital. To have full power over their lives, young people must understand the world they live in. They have to read, they have to follow the news, and they have to vote. All that is such an important part of what it means to be educated. So, thank you.

May 20, 2013

U.S. Department of Education Announces Arizona Will Receive $10.4 Million to Continue Efforts to Turn Around Its Lowest-Performing Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that Arizona will receive $10.4 million to continue efforts to turn around its persistently lowest-achieving schools through the Department's School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.

April 16, 2013

Education Department Announces Next Rounds of Race to the Top, Including Another Key Investment to Expand Access to High-Quality Early Learning Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced they will invest the majority of the 2013 Race to the Top funds for a second Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge competition. About $370 million will be available this year for states to develop new approaches to increase high-quality early learning opportunities and close the school readiness gap.

April 15, 2013

Value Choices: Investing in High-Quality Preschool

It's a pleasure to be here and to participate in the launch of the state's new Early Childhood strategic plan

My friend Governor Markell has been an amazing partner and an extraordinary leader for children in Delaware. And Delaware is helping lead the nation where we need to go through its Race to the Top program and its Race to the Top-Early Learning challenge reforms.

April 8, 2013

Thirteen States Receive Funding to Turn Around Persistently Lowest Achieving Schools

Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that thirteen states will receive funding to turn around their persistently lowest achieving schools through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.

March 18, 2013

U.S. Department of Education Announces 10 States Will Receive Funding to Turn Around Their Lowest-Performing Schools

Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that 10 states will receive funding to turn around their persistently lowest-achieving schools through the Department's School Improvement Grant (SIG) program.

March 14, 2013

The Good News-Bad News Story of Education

It is a pleasure to talk to the members of the NNPA, who have played such an important role in giving voice to communities whose voices too often go unheard.

One of the most extraordinary opportunities in my job is that I get to visit hallowed ground. I have had the honor of standing in the footsteps of giants who fought and won battles for equal educational opportunity.

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March 11, 2013

U.S. Department of Education Announces 11 States Will Receive Funding to Continue Efforts to Turn Around Their Lowest-Performing Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that 11 states will receive funding to continue efforts to turn around their persistently lowest achieving schools through the Department's School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.

September 28, 2012

Education Department Awards $52 Million in Grants to 22 Comprehensive Centers to Advance Reform Goals and Student Achievement

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that 22 Comprehensive Centers across the country have been awarded a total of $52 million to increase the capacity of states to help districts and schools meet student achievement goals.

September 10, 2012

Seven More States, Puerto Rico and Bureau of Indian Education Request NCLB Flexibility

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.