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- Department of Education Proposes to Eliminate "2 Percent Rule" in Assessing Students with Disabilities
- Education and Justice Departments Announce New Research Showing Prison Education Reduces Recidivism, Saves Money, Improves Employment
Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced research findings showing that, on average, inmates who participated in correctional education programs had 43 percent lower odds of returning to prison than inmates who did not.
- Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Request for Pennsylvania
The Obama Administration today approved the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for a waiver 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.
- Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on NPSAS:12
"The findings in the latest NPSAS report confirm the important role of federal financial aid in providing students with the opportunity to pursue higher education. Federal grants and loans help students realize the American dream, opening the door to opportunity for students who would never be able to get a college education without financial support.
- Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Tennessee Making Changes to Teacher Licensure Policy
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued the following statement today in support of Tennessee's decision to make changes to its teacher licensure policy:
- U.S. Department of Education Announces "Strong Start, Bright Future" Back-to-School Bus Tour with Stops Around the Southwest
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and senior Department officials will visit states throughout the Southwest for "Strong Start, Bright Future," the Department's annual back-to-school bus tour from Monday, Sept. 9, to Friday, Sept. 13. The tour will kick off in New Mexico before heading to Texas, Arizona, and California.
- U.S. Department of Education Awards $12.3 Million in Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grants
The U.S. Department of Education awarded $12.3 million to 35 schools districts in 17 states across the country to establish or expand counseling programs. Grantees will use funds to support counseling programs in targeted elementary schools.
- Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Request for Maine
The Obama administration today approved the state of Maine for a waiver 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.
- President Obama Applauds Community Colleges and Universities Efforts to Implement 8 Keys to Veteran's Success
As part of the Obama Administration’s ongoing effort to foster postsecondary educational opportunities and dramatically improve employment outcomes for returning service members, the Department of Education (ED) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today a challenge to education institutions to adopt best practices supporting educational success.
- Obama Administration Approves NCLB Waiver Request for California CORE Districts
The Obama administration today approved eight California school districts (Fresno Unified, Long Beach Unified, Los Angeles Unified, Oakland Unified, Sacramento City Unified, San Francisco Unified, Sanger Unified, and Santa Ana Unified) for a one year district waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB), in exchange for locally developed plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership. These eight districts submitted a joint request for waivers as part of the California Office to Reform Education (CORE).
- Education Secretary Arne Duncan Announces Eight Teachers Selected for 2013-2014 Teacher Ambassador Fellowships
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the names of eight teachers selected to be Teaching Ambassador Fellows for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. Three teachers will serve as full-time employees at Department of Education headquarters in Washington, D.C., while five will remain in their classrooms and participate on a part-time basis.
- Six States Awarded Supplemental Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grants
The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that California, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and Wisconsin will each receive a supplemental award from the 2013 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant fund to improve quality and expand access to early learning programs throughout their states.
- Secretary Duncan Names Five Leaders to National Assessment Governing Board, Overseeing the Nation's Report Card
Five education leaders from around the country including a state legislator, elementary school principal, testing and measurement expert, and two parent/general public membersâ€”have been appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board to serve four-year terms, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today.
- Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Student Loan Compromise
"I applaud the bipartisan compromise reached by President Obama and lawmakers on Capitol Hill, offering relief to millions of students and families across the country. The law will cut rates on nearly all new federal student loans and save undergraduates an average of more than $1,500 on loans taken out this year. It is an encouraging step forward in our effort to keep college affordable.
- Department of Education Invites Districts to Apply for $120 Million in Race to the Top Funds to Support Classroom-Level Reform Efforts
The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it has finalized the application for the 2013 Race to the Top-District competition, which will provide nearly $120 million to support bold, locally directed improvements in learning and teaching that will directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness.
- Statement by Secretary Arne Duncan on Student Loans
"The compromise reached by a bipartisan group of Senators and led by President Obama is a major victory for college students across the country. If enacted, the plan would cut rates on nearly every single new college loan this year, offering relief to nearly 11 million borrowers.
- Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Secretary Duncan on House ESEA Reauthorization Bill H.R. 5
"America's families, students and teachers deserve an education law that advances progress for all students—especially our most vulnerable children. The bill that the House passed today is not that law.
- Statement from U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on FCC Action to Connect More Students to High-Speed Internet
"I want to thank the FCC Commissioners for accepting the President's challenge to bring America's classrooms into the modern age with high-speed Internet. Their vote today marks a first step in a five-year effort that will have enormous benefits for students, teachers and families, and for our national competitiveness.
- U.S. Department of Education Awards $12 Million in Grants to Support Charter School Facilities
- Federal Agencies Announce First Round of School Turnaround AmeriCorps Grants
An innovative partnership to help improve the nation's persistently underachieving schools took another step forward today as the U.S.
- Secretary Duncan Issues Statement in Response to Senate Subcommittee Vote to Invest in Early Learning Programs
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today issued the following statement in response to the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee voting to invest in early learning programs.
- Nearly Three Million Students from over 30,000 Schools Recognized by the 2013 President's Education Awards Program
The U.S. Department of Education announced today the 2013 President's Education Awards Program (PEAP) recipients, honoring nearly three million students from more than 30,000 public and private schools from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.
- Statement by Secretary Arne Duncan on the Anniversary of Title VI
Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released the following statement regarding the anniversary of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964:
"The 49th anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of education in America's progress toward racial equality.
- Statement by Secretary Duncan on Senate Passage of Immigration Reform
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued the following statement today in reaction to the Senate's vote on immigration reform yesterday:
- Education Department Releases Latest College Cost Data to Help Families Make Informed Decisions
Today, the U.S. Department of Education updated its College Affordability and Transparency Lists as part of the Administration's ongoing effort to increase transparency around the cost of college. The updated lists highlight institutions with the highest tuition prices, highest net prices, and institutions whose costs are rising at the fastest rates.