New from U.S. Department of Education
Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement: "I am a strong supporter of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the critical role they play in communities and in our higher education system. "I am happy to see the president reaffirmed this Administration’s support for HBCUs. I will continue to be an advocate for them and for programs that make higher education more accessible to all students.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the 53rd class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields.
The U.S. Department of Education today released the names of the 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees. Across the country, 45 schools, nine districts, and nine postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education. A state education official was also honored for her efforts to advance school sustainability in the state of Georgia.
Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited with the students, parents and educators of North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, California. The Secretary ate lunch with students, visited several classrooms and met with teachers, employees and school and community leaders. The Secretary also held a private meeting with the families and loved ones of Karen Smith, Jonathan Martinez and Nolan Brandy.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Convenes Parent Roundtable on Special Education during Autism Awareness Month
In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos convened a roundtable yesterday with parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to gain a better understanding of the support these students receive and the challenges they face while navigating the education system. After the meeting, Secretary DeVos released the following statement:
Prepared Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to the Council of Chief State School Officers' National Teacher of the Year Gala
Good evening, and thank you Chris, for that kind introduction. Before we begin, I'd like to thank CCSSO for hosting this event. Your Teacher of the Year program – the oldest of its kind – is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the best teachers our nation has to offer. I'm delighted to be here and to honor these worthy teachers.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Recognizes National Reentry Week at Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Maryland
In recognition of National Reentry Week, today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Boyds, Maryland, to learn about the facility’s education programs. After the visit, Secretary DeVos released the following statement: “For formerly incarcerated youth and adults whose goal is to turn their lives around, access to education has proven to be transformative.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the hiring of Liz Hill as the Education Department's press secretary.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Announces New Flexibilities for FAFSA Filers Impacted by IRS DRT Suspension
Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced new flexibilities available to institutions to use for verification of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA ®) information. The announcement is part of an ongoing effort to provide additional assistance to students and families impacted by the suspension of the Internal Revenue Service Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT).
Record-breaking NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson is set to shatter another mark, and you and your students can celebrate this historic event with some fun and educational resources that will enhance your students’ knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Statement from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on Visit to Van Wert City Schools with American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten
Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited Van Wert City Schools in Van Wert, Ohio, with American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten. The Secretary and Ms. Weingarten toured the Early Childhood Center, elementary and high school campuses and hosted a roundtable with parents, students and local and state leaders. After the visit, Secretary DeVos gave the following statement:
Today, the Council of Chief State School Officers announced Sydney Chaffee, a ninth grade humanities teacher at Codman Academy Charter Public School in Dorchester, Massachusetts, as the 2017 National Teacher of the Year. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement: "I congratulate Ms. Chaffee for being named the 2017 National Teacher of the Year. Ms. Chaffee brings a level of enthusiasm, dedication and devotion to her classroom deserving of this national recognition. I applaud her accomplishments and continued commitment to serve her students."
President Donald Trump, First Daughter Ivanka Trump and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins will make a special Earth-to-space call Monday, April 24, from the Oval Office to personally congratulate NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson for her record-breaking stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on President Trump’s Buy American and Hire American Executive Order
Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos joined President Trump, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy during a visit to Snap-On Tools in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Following a tour of the facility, the President gave remarks and signed the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order. After the ceremony, Secretary DeVos gave the following statement:
Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos met with Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder to discuss the First Lady’s advocacy work in higher education, particularly on ending campus sexual assault. After the meeting, Secretary DeVos released the following statement: “Every student deserves to learn in an environment where they are safe, and this Administration is committed to promoting a culture of safety on our nation’s campuses.
Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos met with representatives from the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the American Council on Education, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. The group discussed a wide range of topics related to higher education and the importance of stakeholder engagement in the Department's policymaking.
Readout of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' Meeting with Chancellor Steve Wrigley of the University of Georgia System and Georgia State Rep. Earl Ehrhart
Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos met with Steve W. Wrigley, chancellor of the University of Georgia System, and Georgia State Rep. Earl Ehrhart at the Department of Education’s LBJ Building, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W. The discussion touched on a broad range of higher education issues facing the state of Georgia, Georgia’s students, and its universities.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the hiring of several senior staff members. Today’s announcement was the first official staff announcement, with additional hiring announcements expected to be made in the coming weeks. In addition to today’s announcement, the White House announced the President’s intention to nominate Carlos Muñiz as the U.S. Department of Education’s General Counsel.
Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos met with Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel at the Department of Education’s LBJ Building, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W. The Secretary and Mayor had a wide ranging discussion on Chicago’s education system, rising graduation rate and the Mayor’s reform plans. The Secretary thanked the Mayor for visiting the Department and for sharing his thoughts, and issued the following statement: