Secretaries of Education

Department of Education SealThe U S. Department of Education is the agency of the federal government that establishes policy for, administers, and coordinates most federal assistance to education. It assists the president in executing his education policies for the nation and in implementing laws enacted by Congress. The department's mission is to serve America's students — to ensure that all have equal access to education and to promote excellence in the nation's schools.

The secretary is responsible for the overall direction, supervision, and coordination of all activities of the department and is the principal adviser to the president on federal policies, programs, and activities related to education in the United States.

Term of Service
Secretary Home State Administration
1979 - 1981
Shirley Hufstedler California Carter
1981 - 1985
Terrel Bell Utah Reagan
1985 - 1988
William J. Bennett New York Reagan
1988 - 1989
Lauro F. Cavazos Texas Reagan
1989 - 1991
G.H.W. Bush
1991 - 1993
Lamar Alexander Tennessee G.H.W. Bush
1993 - 2001
Richard W. Riley South Carolina Clinton
2001 - 2004
Roderick Paige Texas G.W. Bush
Nominated
Margaret Spellings Texas G.W. Bush

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Arkansas Secretary of State:Educational Materials:History and Information
For more information: Communications and Education Department Arkansas Secretary of State State Capitol, Room 03 Little Rock, AR 72201-1094 (501) 682-3470 State History and Information: SOS Kid's Newcomer's Guide to Arkansas A Brief History of ...
http://www.sosweb.state.ar.us/educational_history_facts.html

Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient Dr. John W. Gardner, Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare
... standards of excellence in American education during a period of mass education. Gardner also served on a presidential task force organized to study federal aid for primary and secondary schools. The task force report suggested distributing ...
http://www.medaloffreedom.com/JohnGardner.htm

Statement of Robert B. Reich Secretary of Labor Before the Committee on Economics and Educational Opportunities [7/25/95]
I know that my friend and colleague, Secretary of Education Dick Riley, recently appeared before this committee to express his concerns with this proposal. Today, I want to augment the testimony of Secretary Riley and do so froSecretary of Education Dick Riley, recently appeared before this committee to express his concerns with this proposal. Today, I want to augment the testimony of Secretary Riley and do so from my vantage point ...
http://dol.gov/oasam/programs/history/reich/congress/072595rr.htm

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