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To promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

Current initiatives

  • Improve health, social-emotional, and cognitive outcomes for all children from birth through 3rd grade
  • Let’s Move! Initiative to solve the problem of obesity within a generation
  • Support schools’ work to reduce environmental impact and costs, improve health and wellness, and support environmental education


ED is divided in three main offices: the Office of the Secretary, Office of the Deputy Secretary, and the Office of the Under Secretary. Each office is divided further to create a total of twenty-five offices. Learn more about the organizational structure or see a complete list of offices.

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