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U.S Department of Education

POSTED: January 03, 2009, 12:00 am

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Secretary: Arne Duncan
Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202

The Secretary of Education advises the President on education plans, policies, and programs of the Federal Government and serves as the chief executive officer of the Department, coordinating and overseeing all Department activities, providing support and encouragement to States and localities on matters related to education, and focusing the resources of the Department and the attention of the country on ensuring equal access to education and promoting educational excellence throughout the nation.

Background: The Department of Education establishes policy for, administers, and coordinates most Federal assistance to education. Its mission is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation.

Historical Note: The Department of Education was created by the Department of Education Organization Act (20 U.S.C. 3411) and is administered under the supervision and direction of the Secretary of Education.

Federally Aided Corporations under Jurisdiction:

American Printing House for the Blind
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206
502. 895-2405

Gallaudet University
800 Florida Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002

Howard University
2400 Sixth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059

National Institute for Literacy
Suite 730
1775 I Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006

National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester Institute of Technology
52 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623

Source: United States Government Manual