Arne Duncan

Education Secretary Arne Duncan, left, reads to preschool children at the Cross Cultural Family Center in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

6 states receive $280M in early learning grants

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six states were announced Thursday as winners of a combined $280 million in government grants to improve early learning programs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. The winning states in the Race to […]

12/19/2013

Education Secretary Arne Duncan (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Education Dept awards $120 million to districts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Students will earn an associate’s degree and a high school diploma at the same time. Every student will have a laptop to take home at night. And teachers will be retrained to […]

12/17/2013

AP graphic shows scores for PISA test for U.S. and other nations.

Asian nations dominate international assessment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Teens from Asian nations dominated a global exam given to 15-year-olds, while U.S. students showed little improvement and failed to reach the top 20 in math, science or reading, according to test […]

12/03/2013

Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaking at Malcolm X Elementary School in Washington on Nov. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Duncan regrets ‘white suburban moms’ comment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Monday said he regretted his “clumsy phrasing” in singling out white suburban moms for opposing new higher academic standards. Duncan has consistently shown little patience for critics […]

11/18/2013

First lady Michelle Obama speaks to students about committing to education to create a better future for themselves and their country, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

First lady undertakes new education initiative

WASHINGTON (AP) — Edging into a broader policy role, Michelle Obama is joining President Barack Obama’s efforts to get the United States on track to have the highest percentage of college graduates by 2020. Mrs. […]

11/12/2013

Students writing

US report card: Scores up, but not all news good

WASHINGTON (AP) — Today’s fourth and eighth graders are doing better than their predecessors in math and reading, but even with record scores, it’s too early to celebrate. The vast majority of the students still […]

11/07/2013

School testing

Brown signs bill ending current standardized tests

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill ending the traditional standardized tests that the state’s public school students have taken in reading, math and social science since 1999. Assembly Bill […]

10/02/2013

Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaks in Washington. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File)

Education chief: Maybe start school later in day

WASHINGTON (AP) — A later start to the school day could help teenagers get the most from their classroom time and local districts should consider delaying the first bell, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday. […]

09/04/2013

Sandy Hook Elementary School

Education Department giving Newtown $1.3 million

WASHINGTON (AP) — Schools in Newtown, Conn., will receive $1.3 million in federal aid to recover after the shootings that left 26 students and educators dead last year. Education Secretary Arne Duncan planned to announce […]

05/23/2013

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Budget cuts nix $90m in federal college aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Schools near military bases and tribal lands will face a $60 million shortfall between now and September and aid to college students will be cut by almost $90 million, due to the automatic spending cuts mandated by Congress.

04/29/2013

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