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Statement from Secretary DeVos regarding the restoration of IDEA.ED.GOV

1 month ago
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued the following statement regarding the IDEA.ed.gov site: "This IDEA.ed.gov site and its server hosting IDEA.ed.gov were neglected for nearly four years. This behavior is unacceptable. The restored IDEA.ed.gov site has been moved to a new server, and I've instructed Department staff to begin working with stakeholders to build a new and improved site. This exercise is an example of complacency I won't accept, and I remain committed to improving the Department and its services."

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' Prepared Remarks at the Magnet Schools of America 2017 National Policy Training Conference

1 month 1 week ago
Below are the prepared remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos at the Magnet Schools of America 2017 National Policy Training Conference today, Wednesday, Feb. 15, in Washington, D.C. Good Afternoon: Thank you for that kind introduction Todd, and thank you for inviting me to be here with you. I want to begin by expressing my appreciation for all you do. I would like to share some thoughts on how I hope to support your important work, but first, let me just comment on something you may have seen on TV.

U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Issues Letter to Chief State School Officers

1 month 1 week ago
In a letter delivered today to chief state school officers, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos provided clarity on Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation, in light of the actions related to the postponement of the accountability regulations and the Congressional Review Act. The letter emphasizes that states should continue to move forward and that the Department will work to ensure that state education leaders have the state and local flexibility that Congress intended.

Statement from U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Visiting Jefferson Middle School Academy in Washington, D.C.

1 month 1 week ago
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos traveled to Jefferson Middle School Academy today and met with D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson, Jefferson Academy Principal Greg Dohmann, Superintendent Natalie Gordon, Chief of Schools John Davis, and other school leaders and administrators, including Jefferson Academy teachers and students. The following is a statement from Secretary DeVos:

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Addresses Full Staff

1 month 2 weeks ago
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos began her first day in office by thanking and praising the Department's career employees for ensuring a smooth and professional transition. DeVos addressed the staff at the Department's headquarters in Washington, D.C. Prior to her remarks, DeVos began the morning by visiting staff located at the Union Center Plaza and Potomac Center Plaza buildings, and continued meeting with staff one-on-one upon concluding her remarks.

A New Principal — Again

2 months ago
Nine times in twenty-eight years of teaching I’ve gone through the training of a new principal in my high school.  Nine times! And to make matters more frustrating, the replacement always seems to be the philosophical and pedagogical opposite of the one he or she is replacing.

Treasury and Education Announce Progress Toward Multi-Year Income Certification System for Student Loan Borrowers in Income-Driven Repayment Plans

2 months ago
The Departments of Treasury and Education announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a framework regarding the requirements for electronically sharing tax data over multiple years for federal student loan borrowers participating in Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) plans.

U.S. Department of Education Announces Final Regulation on Open Licensing Requirement for Competitive Grant Programs

2 months 1 week ago
A few months ago, I had the opportunity to meet with Benetech, one of our grantees, and observe some of the tools they have developed under their Department grant to help visually impaired people access the content of graphics in books.  The tool has many applications, including giving visually impaired children the opportunity to better enjoy picture books and high school students better access to information in graphics and diagrams in science books.

New Report Shows Increased Need for Federal Investments in Early Learning

2 months 1 week ago
Are there too many federal early learning programs?  This question has been contentiously debated and discussed in Washington, DC for years.  Are programs that simply permit funding for early learning as a part of a larger initiative, such as Title I or English Language Acquisition grants, considered early learning programs?  Should programs that merely mention the importance of early learning – the Appalachian Area Development grants or Donations of Federal Surplus Personal Property program – be considered early learning programs?

American Career Institute Borrowers to Receive Automatic Group Relief for Federal Student Loans

2 months 1 week ago
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced today plans to grant borrower defense relief for federal student loan borrowers who attended the now-defunct American Career Institute (ACI) in Massachusetts. This move follows the Department’s investigation as well as numerous admissions by the school that it made false and misleading representations to students, misstated job placement rates and employed instructors who were unauthorized to teach under applicable state laws.

More Transparency in Higher Education Will Help Improve Student Outcomes

2 months 1 week ago
Every year, the U.S. Department of Education provides billions of dollars in Federal financial aid to help students enroll in college. Yet too many students—roughly two in five bachelor’s degree-seeking students—leave school with no degree, often leaving them with debt, no job, and a high risk of default. In recent years, the Department has made strides toward improving these odds, yet more work remains.

Believe in Your Power

2 months 1 week ago
On Thursday, January 12, thousands of teachers across the nation will receive appreciation phone calls from the Department of Education. These educators were nominated by their colleagues, parents, and students to receive a call. As a Teaching Ambassador Fellow, I had a chance to read the comments stating why each educator deserved personalized appreciation. “He has been a beacon of light and hope for my daughter who sometimes struggles but has so much to offer the world. He challenges and educates, but most of all he cares.”
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