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Leading Voices in Education
We’re realizing as a country it shouldn’t be talked about in the shadows anymore. Mental…
Though it’s natural that we want to protect young people from some of life’s more…
The conveyor belt is back on, but at about the same old speed. Somehow, we’ve…
Every year, millions of students wind up in what I call ‘postsecondary purgatory.’ They earn…
I’ve kept the most interesting company imaginable with people long gone.
Commenting on schools transitioning to normal financial levels after COVID-19 funding is spent
Announcing the Department of Education's new initiative, Engage Every Student
One of the absolutely critical things we can do to keep schools open and safe…
Colleges should be prepared for a larger population of students who are pregnant and parenting.
If we’re successful, future kids will look at guns the way we look at cigarettes—not…
Over the past two decades, more school-aged children have died from guns than on-duty police…
If schools do not have an uncompromising focus on academics, the lasting consequences will be…
So many teachers are doubling as school counselors. We need to give our teachers support…
Teachers shape lives. Yes, they teach us reading, math, and science, but they also really…
Most books being targeted for censorship are books that introduce ideas about diversity or our…
Announcing a $50 million initiative for summer learning in charter schools
Children should be able to learn and grow in environments that are not plagued with…
Rarely has so much fear and anger been directed at so few. I don’t understand…
I think this is going to be an experiment in public education resources and spending…
The American Rescue Plan gave schools money to hire teachers and help students make up…
Across the country, we must continue the necessary work of developing a strong, diverse educator…
I’d like to challenge all of our district leaders to set a goal of giving…
We can’t wait until kids are in 8th grade. We have to start investing in…
The role of a teacher is irreplaceable in a child’s life and as the past…
We need a system designed for kids in local areas and not for adults in…
We are trying as best as we possibly can to keep the schools open for…
School districts should act with urgency to keep schools open for in-person learning and ensure…
You can have access to the best teachers around the world, it shouldn’t be limited…
The challenges to [boosting teacher diversity] are deeply embedded and calcified in our public schools.
We’re going to need to exponentially increase the number of pre-K teachers in our country…
Parents should have an active role in the education of their children. But the role…
Underperforming schools generally suffer from two problems: very high-needs kids and low-capacity staff. We know…
We have often heard, and maybe even affirmed ourselves, that education is the great equalizer.
Admissions officers fly around the country in search of the most talented athletes that exist,…
Free community college is an investment in our workforce. Not preparing students for the jobs…
I am convinced that more districts, more states and governors are going to realize that…
In a 1962 essay
Writing in "Teach Like a Champion 3.0
Colorado Community College System Chancellor
University of Virginia professor emeritus and education theorist
Announcing his five day Return-to-School Road Trip that begins September 20.
On a recent survey showing the perception of a college degree's value varies by political affiliation, age, and income.
On the TODAY Show, 9/13/21.
In an interview with Politico on the impact of Hurricane Ida on education.
In a press release on the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights opening investigations into five states regarding prohibitions of universal indoor masking.
In an interview with The New York Times.
In a letter to Florida Governor DeSantis and Commissioner Corcoran indicating support for local school leaders requiring masks despite the state's prohibition.
In a tweet encouraging educators to get vaccinated on August 5, 2021.
In a tweet on July 28, 2021.
In their most recent COVID-19 guidance for safe schools.
Introducing his Green New Deal for Public Schools
On reopening schools in the fall
In a piece for K-12 Dive on the importance of assessments.
At the National Charter School Conference.
In an interview with The New York Times on the Department's guidance indicating that transgender students are protected under Title IX.
In a report released last week on how the shift to remote learning and the public health crisis widened disparities in students’ access to a quality education.
In a recent article for the New York Times.
On the U.S. Department of Education's public hearings on Title IX this week.
In a tweet celebrating the beginning of LGBTQ+ Pride Month.
In a statement on President Biden's national budget proposal released last Friday.
In a tweet looking toward the end of the school year.
In a tweet celebrating the anniversary Brown v. Board of Education.
On Fox News Sunday.
On culturally-relevant curriculum during an appropriations hearing.
In a tweet after surprising 2021 National Teacher of the Year Juliana Urtubey.
In remarks to the Education Writers Association's annual conference
During his joint address to Congress.
Signaling President Biden supports free community college during a trip to Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Illinois.
In a discussion with a civic engagement organization.
We can no longer have any invisible students in our buildings. Every student should…
During a webinar hosted by FutureEd and the Southern Regional Education Board on using Federal relief funds to support students.
In a statement on the Biden administration's review of DeVos' Title IX rule.
On COVID vaccines for children in an Education Week interview.
During the Department's National Safe School Reopening Summit.
In a statement on the CDC's updated guidance for schools that allows for three feet of separation between students.
During remarks after signing the American Rescue Plan into law.
In a tweet following his White House briefing urging states to vaccinate teachers.
In a joint statement on the importance of statewide assessments.
Emphasizing the importance of teacher vaccinations in an interview with "TODAY" show anchor Savannah Guthrie.
During a White House briefing.
In a statement last week introducing the Strength in Diversity Act.
Responding to a question about transgender student-athletes during his confirmation hearing.
In a virtual townhall with educators.
On her virtual meeting with educators during her first week in office.
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.
During his speech announcing the $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan."
Reflecting on the storming of the Capitol in her resignation letter.
In a letter to Congress urging them to uphold her education agenda after her departure.
In an interview with EducationWeek.
During his speech accepting President-elect Biden's nomination as Education Secretary.
In a statement celebrating the higher education provisions of the latest stimulus bill.
In a Tweet responding to the WSJ opinion piece on Dr. Biden.
In a statement on the 5th Anniversary of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) being signed into law.
While describing his priorities for his first 100 days.
In a tweet on Sec. Betsy DeVos’ move to extend the pause on student loan payments to January 31.
During FutureEd's "Voices from the Classroom: Teachers on Teaching in a Pandemic" webinar with TeachPlus & Educators for Excellence.
During a recent webinar from The Hunt Institute
In an op-ed in the HBCU Times.
During his victory speech Saturday night.
During a campaign stop in Fort Worth, Texas last week.
On COVID relief.
In an interview with Politico.
During last week's NBC News Townhall.
After the Trump Administration announced distribution of the Abbott BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 tests.
During the first 2020 presidential debate.
In a 2015 Bloomberg Interview.
During her opening remarks while chairing a Subcommittee on Civil Rights & Human Services hearing last week.
Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to…
During a "Women for Biden" event.
During his remarks on Sept. 2 about reopening schools safely.
During his speech accepting the Republican nomination for President of the United States.
During her speech at the Republican National Convention.
In his speech accepting the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.
During her keynote on the first night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
You know what creates more safety? Funding public schools, affordable housing, increased homeownership, job skill…
In a recent article by the New York Times.
In a video message this week.
On the importance of the Pandemic Child Hunger Prevention Act.
In an interview.
During the House Education & Labor Committee's 7/23 hearing on reopening schools.
As a student in Nashville, TN.
On the need to reopen schools
During the National Education Association's virtual Representative Assembly last week.
At Tuesday's Senate HELP Committee hearing on safely getting students back to school.
On the reopening of schools.
On the complications surrounding reopening schools.
During his remarks on the Senate floor on Thursday.
When asked about meeting students' non-academic needs come fall.
On the cost of reopening schools.
In a letter to the editor of the Washington Post regarding the new Title IX rule.
During UC's debate on whether to become test-optional.
On how distance learning has been successfully led by teachers.
During his televised commencement speech.
On the impact of keeping kids out of school another year because of coronavirus.
At the Senate HELP Committee hearing on safely getting students back to school.
On the need for federal money for schools.
In an EducationNext piece where he describes how transparency can create accountability during remote learning.
On whether or not to re-open schools.
Exhibiting cautious optimism for schools being open in the fall.
In a letter to congressional leaders urging them to dedicate funding for small broadband providers.
While unveiling a new website recruiting healthcare professionals near the end of their training to help the state fight coronavirus.
On how homeless students are impacted by the coronavirus.
After making the decision to close NYC Public Schools.
In a tweet announcing his adoption of part of Bernie Sanders' free college plan.
On the closing of all K-12 Michigan schools.
In a tweet about the Senate's vote to overturn the new Borrower's Defense rule.
In her statement of support for the Rebuild America's Schools Act.
On arranging field trips to polling sites to encourage students to vote.
On charter schools at the Democratic primary debate in South Carolina.
In a statement introducing his $1.5 trillion childcare and pre-k plan.
In a statement to Politico.
On the release of President Trump's budget which cuts the Department's spending by almost 8%.
Regarding compensation for student athletes.
In her statement on the passage of the Keeping Girls in School Act by the U.S. House of Representatives.
Explaining that he's glad America has become less of a monoculture.
While discussing Espinoza v. Montana Dept. of Revenue during a Fox News exclusive.
On why the Trump administration's rollback of school nutrition guidelines is problematic for students.
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence…
While talking to teachers in Iowa last weekend.
In her statement on using the Higher Education Act to cancel student debt.
During January's democratic presidential primary debate at Drake University in Iowa.
To a teacher union convention in Niagara Falls in 1985.
In the Supreme Court's 2019 year-end report.
During December's Democratic presidential primary debate at Loyola Marymount University.
At the education forum for 2020 candidates in Pittsburgh.
At the education forum for 2020 candidates in Pittsburgh.
During House Education & Labor's hearing on the Department of Education's handling of Borrower's Defense.
In her statement on the department's new methodology for providing student loan relief to Borrower Defense applicants.
During her speech at the annual Federal Student Aid (FSA) conference.
In her statement on the United States' PISA scores.
In her statement on the department's new Opportunity Zones priority.
In their failed armed teacher resolution.
During November's Democratic Primary Debate
At an AEI event on the conservative argument for student debt forgiveness.
Describing how the Supreme Court's decision affects her post-graduation plans.
Describing the impact of California wildfires on his education.
In his victory speech Tuesday night.
Describing her new nonpartisan voter registration program that trains teachers on getting their students to vote.
In her statement on new regulations that overhaul college accreditation.
In her statement on the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results.
In her statement during the markup on the Democrats' higher education bill.
When asked about recommendations on education reform policies during an event at the Brookings Institution.
Criticizing Democrats' student loan plans during an interview on Fox News.
At the fourth Democratic debate in Ohio.
By providing students in our Nation with such an education, we help save our children…
In their statement criticizing Democrats' proposed higher education bill.
In an open-letter to the White House and Congress.
Regarding how to best teach about impeachment in schools.
In his article for Forbes on whether or not a teacher should be Secretary of Education.
In her prepared remarks on Education Freedom Scholarships at the American Enterprise Institute.
From her 130-page ruling on the Harvard affirmative action case.
Describing a new commercial created by Sandy Hook Promise that vividly displays the atrocities of gun violence in schools
In her remarks at the Mackinac, Michigan Republican Leadership Conference
When the Culture Wars Come for the Kids, The Atlantic, October 2019
Cory Booker responds during the third Democratic debate where teacher pay, charter schools and Secretary of Education DeVos were discussed.
The Chairman of the House education committee responds to the the Department of Education's new "borrower defense to repayment" rules.
The first week of school for many around the country, Georgia's Teacher of the Year offers advice to parents.
Founding dean of the College of Staten Island Department of Education
In her statement about New York's new law banning schools from arming teachers.
Speaking in the president debate about educational disparities
On concerns among immigrant families
Our system of education today is reinforcing that income inequality, not liberating people from it.
On a report showing that only 12% of schools have been evaluated for lead paint
The schoolroom is the first opportunity most citizens have to experience the power of government.
We need to start dealing with the trauma that our kids have. We need trauma-based…
Responding to a recent opinion piece on education reform and income inequality.
Commenting on the results of the Teaching and Learning International Survey
Describing her new terminology for school choice
Speaking on a FutureEd panel on the teaching profession
On the need for standards and training in education
Defending charter schools from attacks by other candidates
On his approach to school choice
Reflecting on his life as an education reformer
Unveiling his education plan
Announcing a new line of inquiry
On the decision to include a diversity score in the SAT
On her pick for education secretary
Touting her plan to use federal dollars to raise teachers salaries
Speaking at the Education Writers Association conference
Researcher with the Guttmacher Institute
Defending her agenda from criticism by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden
Our children and grandchildren are not merely statistics toward which we can be indifferent.
We are significantly concerned that big-city students would face horrific consequences from adding a citizenship…
Unveiling a higher education plan to reduce student debt and eliminate tuition
Speaking to state leaders about implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act
Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.
Speaking on the importance of mental health supports in schools
On her concerns about increased education funding despite the growing federal debt
On President Trump's executive order about free speech on college campuses
Chancellor of DC Public Schools
On allegations of widespread fraud in college admissions
We educate women because it is smart. We educate women because it changes the world.
On the need to reauthorize the Higher Education Act
Let’s speak truth: We’re a society that pretends to care about education, but not so…
Without a strong educational system democracy is crippled.
Education is not a problem. Education is an opportunity.
Knowledge— that is, education in its true sense—is our best protection against unreasoning prejudice and…
On his support for school choice programs
Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
In a speech to the National School Boards Association
Introducing a bill to spend $100 billion on school infrastructure
Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
There have never been bridges for our low-income and black students to good jobs.
Amid a teachers' strike
On the tension between autonomy and coherence in school curriculum
On the value of education spending
In a joint statement recommending efforts to repeal Obama-era guidance on school discipline
On learning that the U.S. Agriculture Department is rolling back school lunch guidelines on whole grains
Think about every problem, every challenge, we face. The solution to each starts with education.
The first responders to poverty are our teachers.
Speaking about student loan debt
On the importance of noncognitive measures
On a misperception about personalized learning
Equality in America won’t come until we have equality of educational opportunity.
On the challenges of finding appropriate textbooks
Speaking about higher education at National Constitution Center
On the use of rote memorization in American classrooms
On the need for teacher engagement in teacher reform efforts
Speaking about school choice at recent FutureEd forum:
Opening a hearing on the implementation of ESSA
Describing the need for some regulation in school choice
On the frustration that led a strike vote in the teachers union.
In a letter to Congress
Explaining his support for school choice in a 2008 presidential debate.
Introducing an amendment that would block federal spending to arm teachers.
Explaining the philosophy behind the new public school he opened in Akron, Ohio
Describing her district's commitment to helping unaccompanied immigrant children
In an interview on Face the Nation
On donations to Ivy League colleges
Ruling that the state has failed to provide at-risk students with a proficient education
On renaming J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School for Barack Obama
About the Trump administration's decision to rescind Obama-era guidance on race-based admissions
In her dissent on the Janus v. AFSCME decision
Speaking to first-generation, college-bound students
On a proposal to merge the Education and Labor departments
After a City Council vote allowing truant seniors to graduate
Clarifying past statements about immigration officials approaching undocumented students at school
On the need to strengthen early childhood education
After a mass shooting at the Texas school
Answering a question on whether schools should report undocumented immigrants.
Voting on a bill to modernize the state's education funding formula
In a joint Washington Post commentary piece
On the importance of school attendance
After signing a bill that raised teachers' salaries by 20% in 2020.
During a panel discussion on chronic absenteeism and ESSA
Composer of Schoolhouse Rock, who died this week
On the need for promoting literacy
Education cuts do not heal.
More glue guns, fewer handguns.
At a Congressional hearing
In a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Obama-era discipline guidance
On the 60 Minutes Interview with his successor, Betsy DeVos
On her handling of the state plans required by the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Reflecting on the lack of progress in civil rights in the past 50 years
Inaugural Address, January 20, 1937
On Congress' delay in confirming Education Department officials.
On new research into teacher quality and student achievement.
In a hearing about reauthorizing the Higher Education Act
On the benefits of being an outsider
In a Jan. 16 speech
On the importance of the CHIP program to education
Executive Director of American Oversight, which has sued for the calendar of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
On a new tax break for parents spending money on private school tuition
When asked about President Trump's reference to Pocahontas
Accusing the U.S. Education Department of flouting ESSA rules
In a tweet defending Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from Democratic criticism
Decrying American universities in an Oct. 24 speech at the University of North Texas
Speaking about the value of apprenticeships.
Describing her difficult confirmation hearing before the Senate HELP Committee
In a speech at Georgetown University
In a tweet
On the goals of his state's ESSA plan.
Speaking at Harvard University
On the challenges of working in the federal bureaucracy
After a conversation with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos
On the back-to-school routine in public schools
Pledging to revise rules on campus sexual assaults
Former education secretary criticizing current Secretary Betsy DeVos's response to Charlottesville
On white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va.
On the connection between K-12 school quality and college completion
Quoted in a Wall Street Journal Magazine article on Apple's new corporate headquarters
Writing in a New York magazine profile of the U.S. Secretary of Education.
On stalled efforts to increase federal spending for school choice
On "flippant" remarks by Candice Jackson, acting Education Department civil rights chief
On the need for balance on campus sexual assault
Letter from 64 Congressional Democrats to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos…
On new research on performance of students using private school vouchers.
On cuts to Medicaid expected in the health care bill
Speaking to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
On the need for a bipartisan approach to education
Speaking about the fiscal year 2018 budget for the U.S. Education Department
At a Senate Hearing on the FY2018 Education Budget
On education spending in the fiscal year 2018 federal budget
Speaking at the American Federation for Children National Policy Summit
Speaking at a vocational training program
On Congress' decision to extend the private school vouchers offered under the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program
Writing in The Washington Post
In a recent interview
In a opinion piece in the Cleveland Plain Dealer
Speaking to a business town hall meeting
On the need for school choice
On the federal government's role in education
On President Trump's proposed cuts to the FY 2017 budget, including $3 billion in education spending
On Maryland's new school accountability plan
In a letter to colleagues about private school choice
On President Trump's preliminary budget
Speaking to the Council of Great City Schools about ESSA
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., on the decision to repeal ESSA regulations
On why he supports repealing ESSA regulations
In his February 28 address to Congress
January 2017 DeVos confirmation hearing
Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee Chair
U.S. Secretary of Education
President Donald J. Trump on school choice…
This exchange occurred at the January 2017 Senate confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos’s appointment as…