Arne Duncan Quotes

Hungry children are distracted children. We want to make sure nothing gets in the way of our children performing well academically including hunger.

Even in a time of fiscal austerity education is more than just an expense.

I think every student needs access to technology and I think technology can be a hugely important vehicle to help level the playing field.

We all have a role to play - the President Congress parents students and schools - in making college affordable and keeping the middle class dream alive.

The cost of college should never discourage anyone from going after a valuable degree.

Teachers say their schools of education did not adequately prepare them for the classroom. They would have welcomed more mentoring and feedback in their early years.

A postsecondary education is the ticket to economic success in America.

Most teachers still say they love teaching though they wouldn't mind a little more respect for their challenging work and a little less blame for America's educational shortcomings.

Whether it's in an inner-city school or a rural community I want those students to have a chance to take A.P. biology and A.P. physics and marine biology.

About two-thirds of bachelor's degree holders borrow to go to school and on average they're graduating with more than $26 000 in debt.

I think the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans was Hurricane Katrina

The arts significantly boost student achievement reduce discipline problems and increase the odds students will go on to graduate from college.

Borrowing to pay for college used to be the exception; now it's the rule.

States should not balance their budgets on the backs of students.

Wherever you find something extraordinary youâ??ll find the fingerprints of a great teacher.

To encourage more top-caliber students to choose teaching teachers should be paid a lot more with starting salaries more in the range of $60 000 and potential earnings of as much as $150 000.

Almost 24 million children - one in three - are likely growing up without their father involved in their lives.

City Year is taking on some of the toughest work in education.

Education is the civil rights issue of our generation.

Teachers support evaluations based on multiple measures: student growth classroom observation and feedback from peers and parents.

In America your zip code or your socioeconomic status should never determine the quality of your education.

To be clear we [the Department of Education] want curriculum to be driven by the local level. We are by law prohibited from directing curriculum. We don't have a curriculum department.

Schools and districts and unions are working together on some really innovative things.

We've seen more reform in the last year than we've seen in decades and we haven't spent a dime yet. It's staggering how the Recovery Act is driving change.

When I ask teachers why they teach they almost always say that it is because they want to make a difference in the lives of children.

There was nothing more important I could do than be supportive as a dad.

Money is not the reason that people enter teaching.

Surveys show that many talented and committed young people are reluctant to enter teaching for the long haul because they think the profession is low-paying and not prestigious enough.

No one is mandating merit pay.