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U.S. Department of Education Releases 2015-16 Civil Rights Data Collection

Department of Education - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 06:27
Washington — The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today released the 2015-16 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC). This data, which is self-reported by 17,300 public school districts and 96,400 public schools and educational programs, is collected and published biennially by OCR.

High School Students Take a Unique Approach to Financial Education

Department of Education - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:15
April is Financial Capability Month. To help mark this occasion, two students offer their perspectives on their very different experiences in obtaining financial education.  

Secretary DeVos Statement on Senate Confirmation of Carlos G. Muñiz as the Department's General Counsel

Department of Education - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:48
WASHINGTON—U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement after the Senate confirmation of Carlos G. Muñiz as the Education Department's General Counsel: "We are pleased to finally have Carlos on the team," said Secretary DeVos. "After a protracted confirmation process, Carlos can at last get to work on behalf of our nation's students. He has dedicated his career to upholding the law, and his insight and expertise will be invaluable as we work to advance educational opportunities for all students."

Statement of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on the Passing of Mrs. Barbara Bush

Department of Education - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:35
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement on the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush: "Barbara Bush was a woman of grace, wit, perseverance and character. She committed the entirety of her life to serving others: her family, her friends and her nation.

After Hurricanes, USVI Residents Choose Hope

Department of Education - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:48
After three devastating hurricanes struck the Caribbean, the Department of Education undertook a series of actions to support the U.S. Virgin Islands through their recovery process. As part of that effort, ED staff committed to travelling to the Islands to provide resources, assistance, and expertise.

U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Team Up to Simplify Student Loan Discharge Process for Disabled Veterans

Department of Education - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 09:19
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Education (Department) has partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to make it easier for America’s disabled veterans to have their federal student loans discharged.

Expanding Pathways to Success After High School, U.S. Department of Education Approves First Innovative EQUIP Experiment

Department of Education - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:32
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Education announced today that Brookhaven College, part of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), is the first to receive final approval to enroll students in the Educational Quality through Innovation Partnerships (EQUIP) experiment. Experimental sites, like this one, give the Department flexibility to waive specific statutory or regulatory requirements associated with disbursing Title IV student aid in order to assess the efficacy of innovative educational solutions.

5 Ways to Cut the College Price Tag

Department of Education - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 17:02
Working as a Financial Aid Counselor, families often ask me how they can pay for college. More often than not this conversation takes place during the student’s senior year in high school. As a first-generation college student, there are things I wish my family and I had known to help us save on our college bill. These are a few things that families can do to help cut the cost of college:

Secretary DeVos on the National Assessment of Educational Progress: "We can and we must do better for America's students"

Department of Education - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 07:12
WASHINGTON – The Institute of Education Sciences today released the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly referred to as the “Nation’s Report Card”. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued the following statement in response:

Betsy’s Blog: Listening Sessions on School Safety and Climate

Department of Education - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 14:07
Over the past several weeks there has been much discussion around how school discipline policies can ensure a safe and supportive climate where children can learn. While there are many different approaches, everyone agrees that discrimination against any student is abhorrent and wrong. Federal laws prohibit such discrimination in our nation’s schools, and the Department’s Office for Civil Rights vigorously enforces these civil rights laws to ensure equal access to education.

Readout from Secretary DeVos' Visits to Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area

Department of Education - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 17:11
Washington — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today travelled to Texas for a school tour at Birdville Center of Technology and Advanced Learning in Richland Hills followed by a school and neighborhood visit in Dallas hosted by Urban Specialists, a group of local activists working to combat poverty.

Help Secure Your Future by Discovering Financial Literacy Resources Available to You

Department of Education - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 16:17
Note: April is National Financial Capability Month.

Secretary DeVos Hosts School Safety and Climate Listening Sessions

Department of Education - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 15:26
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today hosted two listening sessions on school safety concerns and the current climate in schools nationwide. The discussion focused on the Dear Colleague Letter (DCL or the guidance) regarding Title VI, which prohibits racial discrimination, and school discipline that was jointly issued by the Departments of Education and Justice on January 8, 2014. The two sessions were one hundred minutes each, grouped as follows:

Following Court Ruling, DeVos Orders Further Review of 2016 ACICS Petition

Department of Education - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 15:52
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today ordered further review of the 2016 petition for recognition by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). The review is a direct result of action by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia remanding the case to the Secretary. “As the court ordered, we will fairly consider all of the facts presented and make an appropriate determination on ACICS’s petition,” said DeVos.

Secretary DeVos Approves Idaho, Mississippi and Rhode Island’s ESSA State Plans

Department of Education - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 14:47
WASHINGTON– U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the approval of Idaho, Mississippi and Rhode Island's consolidated state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). "The state plans met ESSA's requirements, and I am pleased to approve them," said Secretary DeVos. "I look forward to seeing how these states dive deeper into the flexibility afforded by ESSA to innovate on behalf of their students."

Statement from Secretary DeVos on the 2017 Annual Report on Crime and School Safety

Department of Education - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 08:16
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement on the 2017 Indicators of School Crime and Safety report: "While there are positive trends in the annual report on crime and school safety, we know – and tragically have been reminded in recent weeks – there is much more to be done to keep our Nation’s students and teachers safe at school. The Federal Commission on School Safety is committed to working quickly to identify and highlight best practices and solutions that state and local leaders can implement to improve school safety."

Educators: Add “Adaptable Skills” to the Educational Mix; Advice From Advanced Placement Capstone Students

Department of Education - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 16:44
An education committed solely to acquiring skills and knowledge required for specific jobs — calculus, chemistry and American government, for example — has limitations.

Secretary DeVos Convenes Organizational Meeting for Federal Commission on School Safety

Department of Education - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 16:44
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today convened an organizational meeting of the Federal Commission on School Safety. This was the first meeting among principal members with jurisdiction over school safety issues including Secretary DeVos, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen.

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