Back to School Bus Tour 2012

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Link to Back to School Bus Tour 2012 blog posting
On school visits in Illinois, Kentucky and West Virginia, ED officials connected with educators and communities to discuss their innovative approaches to early childhood education, classroom technology, and career preparation.

Arts in Education

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Link to Arts in Education blog posting
The arts are important to a well-rounded education. Learn about how the Department continues to encourage innovation in arts education, and spark ideas for how you can support student artists in your community.

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.

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.
Link to
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).

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