Back to School Bus Tour 2012

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Link to blog post about first day of the bus tour
ED officials began the tour on September 12 with visits to Redwood City, Sacramento, and Reno. Get the details on the Homeroom Blog, and watch a video with Arne Duncan’s take on the first day’s events.

2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools Announced

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Link to National Blue Ribbon School press release
The Department of Education recognized 269 elementary, middle and high schools for their overall academic excellence, or for making progress in improving student academic achievement levels.

Back to School Tips for Parents

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Link to Back to School blog tag page
The Homeroom Blog features tips for getting involved at your child's school, preventing bullying, and fostering a great year of learning in the classroom and at home.

Student Voices Session: College Affordability

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Link to Student Voices Session: College Affordability blog post
Secretary Duncan and Under Secretary Kanter heard directly from college students and youth leaders about higher education costs.
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Navigate the financial aid process and make informed decisions about paying for college.
Link to webpage about commemorating Constitution Day
Because September 17 falls on a religious holiday (Rosh Hashanah), Constitution Day may be commemorated the preceding or following week. Find resources for teaching about the Constitution. Learn about the delegates who gathered in May 1787 to rewrite the Articles of Confederation.
Link to ESEA Flexibility page
Find out how states can get relief from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (NCLB).