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#RethinkSchool: Florida Teacher Closes Distance to Puerto Rican Students Displaced by Hurricane Maria

Department of Education - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 13:45
The most devastating storm in Puerto Rico’s history, Hurricane Maria, blasted the island relentlessly in September 2017, destroying roads, leveling

Prepared Remarks by Secretary DeVos at Meeting of G20 Education Ministers

Department of Education - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 07:44
MENDOZA, Argentina – I appreciate the opportunity to be with all of you and to meet and learn from so many of my counterparts in education and employment from across the G20. I want to especially thank Minister Finocchiaro and his team. We are grateful for your work in planning and hosting this first-ever G20 Education Ministers Meeting. I also very much enjoyed visiting two of your impressive schools yesterday in Mendoza, UNCUYO and Infinito, and meeting some of the talented educators and the students they serve. Gracias por su hospitalidad!

#RethinkSchool: Safety and Success in a Magnet School Setting

Department of Education - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 13:22
My zoned middle school, in Orlando, FL, made local news with a tragic and terrifying story: a student was taken into the bathroom and raped.

Back to School by the Numbers: 2018

Department of Education - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 14:54
Across the country, hallways and classrooms are full of activity as students head back to school for the 2018–19 academic year. Each year, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) compiles some back-to-school facts and figures that give a snapshot of our schools and colleges for the coming year. You can see the full report on the NCES website, but here are a few “by-the-numbers” highlights. You can also click on the hyperlinks throughout the blog to see additional data on these topics.

Secretary DeVos Announces Emergency Assistance to Institutions of Higher Education

Department of Education - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 09:41
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today more than $63 million in new federal assistance for 47 institutions of higher education under the Emergency Assistance to Institutions of Higher Education program. The program provides funding to institutions and their students in areas directly affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, or Maria or the 2017 California wildfires.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Department of Education - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 15:05
Should I stay or should I go? This is the very question I’ve asked myself every year, with guilt, after successfully concluding each school year for the past seven years. The question is one that is not easy to answer because there are just too many reasons stemming from the question, “Why should I stay?” The Whys of Teaching

Secretary DeVos Visits "She Can" STEM Summer Camp

Department of Education - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 07:28
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos earlier this week visited with sixth through eighth grade girls participating in the Smithsonian's "She Can" STEM Summer Camp to highlight the exciting opportunities available in STEM fields. The camp, which was open to Washington, D.C. area girls who attend Title 1 Schools, doubled in size with support from the Department of Education. President Donald J. Trump

#RethinkSchool: “Not a Second to Waste” – A Teacher Embraces Student-Centered Education

Department of Education - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 15:05
Drawing on a wide-ranging teaching career at the community college level and with students attending Department of Defense Education Activity (

Join Us for Living School Grounds on the 2018 Green Strides Tour in Missouri

Department of Education - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 16:07
It’s my favorite time of the year again:  Green Strides Tour season!

Secretary DeVos Announces New Federal Assistance for the Education of Displaced Students

Department of Education - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 07:22
Washington — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today a total of approximately $359.8 million in new federal assistance for 20 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands under the Temporary Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced Students program (Emergency Impact Aid). The program assists with the cost of educating students displaced by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria or the 2017 California wildfires.

U.S. Department of Education Proposes Overhaul of Gainful Employment Regulations

Department of Education - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 09:32
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Education today announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes to rescind Gainful Employment (GE) regulations in order to provide useful, transparent higher education data to students and treat all institutions of higher education fairly.

Educate Comprehensively — From Calculus to Carpentry; East Syracuse Minoa Schools’ Message at the U.S. Department of Education

Department of Education - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 14:22
The East Syracuse Minoa Central School District prides itself on educating the whole student — every student.  Its educators say this dedication to excellence through cross-disciplinary and inquiry-based learning forms the core of its identity and values.

Kentucky School District Awarded More Than $138,000 for Recovery Efforts Following School Shooting

Department of Education - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 11:39
Washington—U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that Marshall County School District (MCSD) in Kentucky has been awarded a Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant totaling $138,213. This grant will support the ongoing recovery efforts following the Jan. 23, 2018 shooting at Marshall County High School (MCHS) that took the lives of two students and injured 15 others.

Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act Signed into Law

Department of Education - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 12:17
The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century (Perkins V) Act  was signed into law this week and brings changes to the $1.2 billion annual federal investment in career and technical educa