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July 10, 2014

Achieving the Extraordinary Through Strong Business-Education Partnerships

In his remarks to the National Academy Foundation (NAF), Secretary Duncan emphasized the need to close the nation's skills gap by equipping all students to succeed in college and careers, and noted the value of providing rigorous and relevant school-based and work-based learning opportunities as a part of that preparation. Prior to the Secretary's remarks, business and industry leaders joined NAF officials to announce the launch of the NAFTrack Certified Hiring Partnership that will give students who complete and earn the NAF credential, one that is based on assessments linked to college- and career-ready standards, priority in these employers' hiring processes. The partnering companies include: HP, Verizon, AT&T, EMC, Juniper Networks, KPMG, RBC Capital Markets, US, Xerox, JPMorgan Chase, and Cisco.

July 7, 2014

New Initiative to Provide All Students Access to Great Educators

As part of its efforts to ensure that all students have equal access to a quality education, today the U.S. Department of Education is announcing the launch of the Excellent Educators for All Initiative. The initiative will help states and school districts support great educators for the students who need them most.

June 23, 2014

A Vision for Better Education: Areas of Surprising Agreement

In his remarks to the PTA National Convention, Secretary Duncan talked about the critical importance of parents and families in education and the changes occurring in classrooms across America that are helping to prepare students for success in college, careers, and life. He recognized the hard work of schools and communities who are transforming educational opportunities for students. Secretary Duncan also challenged the audience to be a voice for higher expectations, for bettering schools, and for elevating the teaching profession.

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January 27, 2014

Seize the Day: Change in the Classroom and the Core of Schooling

I am pleased to speak to ASCD's leadership because I believe educators across the country today have finally reached a long-sought turning point.

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October 31, 2013

The New Narrative of Rural Education

Thank you, Dr. Ross, for that kind introduction and for being a great partner in reform.

I'm pleased to be here today to address the Rural Education National Forum because, too often, the challenges of rural education are neglected.

After nearly five years in Washington, I've learned that much of the public narrative surrounding education is wrong or badly exaggerated.

September 30, 2013

Beyond The Beltway Bubble

In what seems to have become an annual ritual, I'm here again today to report on the state of education in America. What I can tell you after nearly five years in Washington is that the public narrative that you hear inside the Beltway and online doesn't reflect the reality I see in classrooms and schools all across America.

July 30, 2013

Building Bridges: Fostering Innovative Leadership and Learning

Thanks, Mike, for the kind introduction. It's a pleasure to join all of you.

The theme of this leadership conference—"building bridges"—is fitting.

Today, I'd like to talk with you about how the Administration and the Department of Education are continuing to support education reform and success for all students in the second term.

July 19, 2013

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.

December 5, 2012

Remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to the Inter-American Development Bank

As I listened to [IDB] President Moreno's remarks, I was struck not by how different the U.S. education system is but rather by how many educational challenges the U.S. shares with Latin America and Caribbean nations.

October 05, 2012

U.S. Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement to Discuss Education Reform at Ohio Innovation Summit

Jim Shelton, assistant deputy secretary for innovation and improvement at the U.S. Department of Education, will facilitate a discussion on school reform at 1:45 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 5, in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

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