August 2011

August 30, 2011

U.S. Department of Education Announces 'Education and the Economy' Back-to-School Bus Tour with Stops Around the Great Lakes

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and senior Department officials will visit states throughout the Midwest for “Education and the Economy,” the Department's second annual back-to-school bus tour from Sept.7 to Sept. 9. The tour will kick off in Pennsylvania before heading to states around the Great Lakes, including Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois.

August 25, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education Launches Version 2.0 of Education Data Web Site

The U.S. Department of Education today launched version 2.0 of ED Data Express, an interactive Web site aimed at making accurate and timely K-12 education data available to the public. The upgraded site adds new data visualization tools, enhanced documentation, and social networking options for users.

August 23, 2011

Obama Administration Releases Final Application for Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge

Today the Obama Administration released the final application for the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC), which will provide $500 million in State-level competitive grants to improve early learning and development programs.

August 22, 2011

Secretary Duncan Announces $9.9 Million in Charter Schools Grant to Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Today the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced a $9.98 million grant to Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) as part of the U.S. Department of Education's Credit Enhancement for Charter School Facilities Grants Program. The grant will support facilities financing to charter schools nationwide.

August 12, 2011

Department Awards Over $5 Million to 19 Special Education Parent Centers

The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of more than $5 million in grants to operate 19 special education Parent Training and Information (PTI) Centers in 13 states and Puerto Rico.

August 10, 2011

U.S. Department of Education Awards Twelve Grants to Help Low-Income Students Participate and Succeed in Advanced Placement Courses

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that 12 states and local school districts will receive Advanced Placement Incentives Program grants to help low-income students have greater access to advanced placement courses and to succeed in those courses. The Education Department will award a total of $6.6 million for 2011.

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August 10, 2011

Puerto Rico to Receive $153.6 Million to Turn Around Its Persistently Lowest-Achieving Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that Puerto Rico will receive $153.6 million to turn around its persistently lowest achieving schools through the Education Department's School Improvement Grants (SIG). The funds are part of $546 million available to states and D.C. under the program. In fiscal year 2009, states received a total of $3.5 billion in SIG support.

August 10, 2011

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Duncan on 'Mapping State Proficiency Standards onto NAEP Scales: 2005-2009'

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued the following statement on Mapping State Proficiency Standards onto NAEP Scales: 2005-2009, which the National Center for Education Statistics released today:

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August 8, 2011

Department Awards $1.2 Million to 11 Small Businesses to Develop Technology for People with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) has awarded 16 grants of $75,000 each to 11 small businesses to conduct research and develop technology that makes life and learning easier for individuals with disabilities.

August 8, 2011

Obama Administration Proceeds with Reform of No Child Left Behind Following Congressional Inaction

With the new school year fast approaching and still no bill to reform the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind, the Obama administration will provide a process for states to seek relief from key provisions of the law, provided that they are willing to embrace education reform.

August 1, 2011

U.S. Department of Education to Highlight Rural Education Throughout August

Many rural schools begin welcoming students back for the new academic year this month and the U.S. Department of Education today announced that it will hold events and engage in outreach efforts throughout August to help promote the strengths, opportunities, and challenges in rural education.

August 1, 2011

Education Secretary Duncan Announces 16 Teachers Selected for Teaching Ambassador Fellowships

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the names of 16 teachers selected to be Teaching Ambassador Fellows for the upcoming 2011-12 school year. Five teachers will become full-time employees at Department of Education headquarters in Washington, D.C. while 11 will remain in their classrooms and participate on a part-time basis.

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