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Arne Duncan
Secretary

Agency Mission

The U.S. Department of Education's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

President Obama’s vision is that by 2020, America will once again have the best-educated, most competitive workforce in the world with the highest proportion of college graduates of any country.  To do this, the United States must also close the achievement and opportunity gaps so that all youth—regardless of their backgrounds—graduate from high school ready to succeed in…

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