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U.S. Department of Education Advances Trump Administration's STEM Investment Priorities

Department of Education - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 15:00
WASHINGTON— The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it invested $540 million to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, including computer science, through discretionary and research grants in Fiscal Year 2019, in accordance with President Trump's directive to foster expanded opportunities in these in-demand career fields.

Secretary DeVos Cancels Student Loans, Resets Pell Eligibility, and Extends Closed School Discharge Period for Students Impacted by Dream Center School Closures

Department of Education - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 11:09
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that students who attended Art Institute of Colorado or the Illinois Institute of Art between January 20, 2018, and December 31, 2018, will have their student loans cancelled and their Federal Pell Grant eligibility restored. The Secretary also announced the Department will extend the lookback period of eligibility for closed school discharges for students who attended another 24 Dream Center schools that closed in December 2018.

U.S. Department of Education Rated Among Top Agencies on “Invest In What Works” Federal Standard of Excellence

Department of Education - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 10:49
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education’s leading efforts to use evidence and data in its management, budget, and policy decisions have been recognized in Results for America’s 2019 Invest in What Works Federal Standard of Excellence. Results for America provides a snapshot of how federal agencies are building and using evidence and data to get better results for young people, their families, and communities.

Secretary DeVos Finalizes Higher Education Regulations that Promote Innovation, Protect Students, and Reduce Regulatory Burden

Department of Education - Thu, 10/31/2019 - 06:38
WASHINGTON—As part of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' Rethink Higher Education agenda, the U.S. Department of Education today announced the publication of final accreditation and state authorization distance education regulations designed to expand educational options for students, holistically lower the cost of education post-high school, and ensure occupationally-focused education meets current workforce needs.

Prepared Remarks by Secretary DeVos on 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress Results

Department of Education - Wed, 10/30/2019 - 08:58
Thank you, Tonya Matthews, for that kind introduction and for your service as Acting Chair. Thank you to all our National Assessment Governing Board members for maintaining our "national yardstick" of student achievement. Since 1992 the Nation's Report Card has provided a comprehensive view of the state of American education. It shows us where our students are, and where they should go. It gives America's parents, her teachers, and her leaders a detailed picture of student achievement—or, in all too many cases, a lack thereof.

Statement from Secretary DeVos on 2019 NAEP Results

Department of Education - Wed, 10/30/2019 - 07:19
WASHINGTON—U.S Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement on the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results: “Every American family needs to open The Nation’s Report Card this year and think about what it means for their child and for our country’s future. The results are, frankly, devastating. This country is in a student achievement crisis, and over the past decade it has continued to worsen, especially for our most vulnerable students.

Antoinette Love’s Inspiring Education Story

Department of Education - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 15:18
Earlier this year Antoinette Love, a charter school student in New Orleans, was accepted into a record-setting 116 colleges and was offered more than $3.7 million in scholarships. As notable as her college acceptance feat is, her journey is even more remarkable. Antoinette was born to teen parents. While her mother was able to finish Continue Reading

Secretary DeVos Joins Parents, Students, Members of Congress to Celebrate 15th Anniversary of DCOSP

Department of Education - Wed, 10/23/2019 - 14:21
WASHINGTON- Today, hundreds of parents, students, and education freedom advocates gathered at the U.S. Department of Education to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP) and to call on Congress to act immediately on its reauthorization.

U.S. Secretary of Education Announces Recipients of the 2019 Terrel H. Bell Awards for Outstanding School Leadership

Department of Education - Wed, 10/23/2019 - 10:25
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the 2019 recipients of the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership. The 10 principals from the 2019 cohort of National Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored during the National Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Prepared Remarks by Secretary DeVos at the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program 15th Anniversary Celebration

Department of Education - Wed, 10/23/2019 - 08:24
I'm so happy to be with all of you this morning. I especially want to thank Senator Ron Johnson, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, Congressman Andy Harris, and Congressman Ralph Norman for your leadership on the hill and for your commitment to education freedom. Thanks to each of you. Parents and students, thank you for sharing your stories. You're why we're here. You inspire all of us to keep fighting alongside you for your futures, and ours.

Nine Ways Technology Can Boost STEM Learning

Department of Education - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 10:54
Across the nation, innovative programs are preparing students to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These subjects, often called STEM, can open up new pathways to success in the 21st century workforce and also means new opportunities for students and teachers alike. Technology can play an important role in the STEM learning Continue Reading

Secretary DeVos Issues Updates on Equitable Services for Private School Students under ESSA

Department of Education - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 13:45
WASHINGTON— U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released updates today to clarify existing statutory obligations of local education agencies (LEAs) to provide equitable educational services to eligible private school students, their teachers, and their families under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Announces New Initiative to Support Opening and Expanding Charter Schools in Opportunity Zones

Department of Education - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 12:48
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced a new initiative to promote the creation and expansion of high-quality public charter schools in Opportunity Zones across the United States.

U.S. Department of Education Announces New Grant Awards to Address School Safety and Improve Access to Mental Health Services

Department of Education - Tue, 10/08/2019 - 10:55
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced $71.6 million in new funding to enhance safety in schools and improve student access to mental health resources. The U.S. Department of Education made the awards under four grant programs, which support recommendations identified in the final report issued by the Federal Commission on School Safety.

Nominations Open for Inaugural Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award

Department of Education - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 10:28
Each October, we celebrate National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and highlight the importance of cybersecurity. This year, we’re celebrating in a new way with the announcement of the Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award – with nominations opening today. Beginning in the spring of 2020, the Award will be presented annually to two educators – one elementary and

Nominations Open for Inaugural Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award

Department of Education - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 07:07
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the call for nominations for the Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award. This award was established on May 2, 2019, by the President's Executive Order on America's Cybersecurity Workforce. The U.S. Department of Education created the award in consultation with the Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism at the National Security Council and the National Science Foundation.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Announces More than $20 Million in New Grant Awards for Innovative Teacher Prep

Department of Education - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 07:13
Washington — Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos awarded more than $20 million in new funding to support innovative teacher preparation models that prepare prospective and new teachers to serve students in high-need schools. Under the Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) program, the Department of Education made 31 awards totaling $20.1 million. Recipients include more than two dozen school districts, institutions of higher education (IHEs) and nonprofit organizations.

Department of Education Awards Grants to Modernize Workforce Training

Department of Education - Thu, 10/03/2019 - 14:48
WASHINGTON— U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the recipients of the Innovation & Modernization Grant, a Perkins V program that funds career and technical education (CTE). The I&M Grant is designed to test new ideas to help prepare students for success in the workforce by identifying, supporting, and evaluating evidence-based strategies for improving CTE. The grants are also designed to ensure workforce skills taught in CTE programs funded under Perkins V align with local labor market needs.

Secretary DeVos Continues to Transform FAFSA Experience with New Mobile App Features, Enhanced Student Privacy Protections as 2020-21 Cycle Launches

Department of Education - Tue, 10/01/2019 - 11:39
WASHINGTON — In its continued efforts to modernize and improve the federal student aid process, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced today that it has added new features to the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form and myStudentAid mobile app. These enhancements come as the Department launches the 2020–21 FAFSA.

11 Common FAFSA® Mistakes

Department of Education - Tue, 10/01/2019 - 10:36
The 2020–21 FAFSA® will be available October 1! If you plan to attend college between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, you should fill out your FAFSA form as soon as possible! Just make sure you don’t make one of these common mistakes: 1. Not Completing the FAFSA Form We hear all kinds of Continue Reading

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