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Urban students' performance improving, U.S. Education Department says

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Student performance in large-city schools is improving, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan wrote in assessment results released Thursday.

Dept. of Education issues guidelines to diversity at universities

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Education issued guidelines to colleges, reiterating its support for the voluntary use of race to increase diversity on campus.

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Biden speaks at gun-control conference

DANBURY, Conn., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Vice President Joe Biden, speaking Thursday at a Danbury, Conn., gun-control conference, called on political colleagues to show courage in enacting new laws.
Michelle Obama at funeral for slain girl

Michelle Obama at funeral for slain girl

CHICAGO, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Michelle Obama joined thousands of other Chicagoans Saturday to mourn Hadiya Pendleton, a teen shot dead days after performing at the presidential inauguration.

Obama urges hold on student loan interest

WASHINGTON, April 20 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama will visit three universities next week, and urge Congress not to allow student loan interest rates to double, the White House said.
Duncan: Ban NCAA teams with low grades

Duncan: Ban NCAA teams with low grades

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. secretary of education suggested basketball teams be barred from NCAA tournaments if they are not on track to graduate at least half of their players.

Duncan calls for better teacher ratings

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Sunday that the nation was failing in its ability to evaluate public school teachers.

States win grants for education reform

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Nine states and the District of Columbia won grants in phase 2 of the Race to the Top competition, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Tuesday.

LA teachers angry over data disclosure

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Some Los Angeles teachers are angry over a newspaper's publication of teacher evaluation data, education officials said.

Durbin urges look at school spending

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill., June 9 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he's disturbed by allegations of misuse of federal money in East St. Louis (Ill.) School District 189.
Some states skeptical of 'Race to Top'

Some states skeptical of 'Race to Top'

WASHINGTON, April 5 (UPI) -- Some U.S. states are skeptical about applying for the Obama administration's second round of grant money for improving schools, officials said.

Duncan: Ban low-grad teams from NCAA

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- College basketball teams with low graduation rates should be banned from the NCAA Tournament, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Wednesday.

Schools to be H1N1 vaccination centers

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Children who have parental approval will be vaccinated for swine flu at their schools, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Friday.

Obama criticizes Calif. school law

WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama warned California it could lose billions of dollars in federal education aid unless it uses test scores to judge teacher performance.
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