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Higher Ed in the News

First Lady Michelle Obama visits Dept. of Education

February 12, 2009

Arne Duncan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, introduces First Lady Michelle Obama to his staff on Feb. 2.

Talking points include: 

  • In both our President and our First Lady, we have two people who came from pretty humble beginnings. Great values, great families, not a lot of silver spoons. But they had a huge commitment to education. They went on to do extraordinarily well because they had a great quality education.
  • And I am committed, as well as my husband, to ensuring that more kids like us and kids around this country, regardless of their race, their income, their status, the property values in their neighborhoods, get access to an outstanding education.
  • We'll be able to increase Pell grants and make college more affordable—for 7 million students and give nearly 4 million students tax credits for tuition. Imagine that.

    View the video and read the transcript at U.S. Department of Education.