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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Praises Signing of Bills Encouraging Women to Join STEM Professions

1 month 3 weeks ago
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement after joining President Trump for the signing of the Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act and the Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act: I was honored to join President Trump as he signed these important bills into law. Both bills passed Congress with strong bipartisan support and are a testament to the change we can make when we find common ground.

Statement from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Following Listening Session with Historically Black College and University Leaders

1 month 3 weeks ago
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement after meeting with presidents and chancellors of Historically Black Colleges and Universities at the White House: A key priority for this administration is to help develop opportunities for communities that are often the most underserved. Rather than focus solely on funding, we must be willing to make the tangible, structural reforms that will allow students to reach their full potential.

Secretary DeVos met with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

2 months ago
Official Readout: Secretary DeVos met with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities What: Secretary DeVos meeting with APLU MembersWhen: February 23, 2017 @ 2:00-3:00PMWhere: Lyndon Baines Johnson Education Building Secretary's Conference Room 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Secretary's Conference Room Washington, DC 20202 List of Attendees Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education Presidents and Chancellors

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ Prepared Remarks at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference

2 months ago
Hello! Thank you for that warm welcome. I always love the energy and enthusiasm CPAC brings together every year. I’m Betsy DeVos. You may have heard some of the “wonderful” things the mainstream media has called me lately. I, however, pride myself on being called a mother, a grandmother, a life partner, and perhaps the first person to tell Bernie Sanders to his face that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. The media has had its fun with me, and that’s OK.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Issues Statement on New Title IX Guidance

2 months ago
We have a responsibility to protect every student in America and ensure that they have the freedom to learn and thrive in a safe and trusted environment. This is not merely a federal mandate, but a moral obligation no individual, school, district or state can abdicate. At my direction, the Department's Office for Civil Rights remains committed to investigating all claims of discrimination, bullying and harassment against those who are most vulnerable in our schools.

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

2 months 1 week 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

2 months 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

2 months 2 weeks 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.

2 months 2 weeks 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

2 months 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

3 months 1 week 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

3 months 1 week 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.

Launching ED’s Developer Hub

3 months 1 week ago
Today, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) launches its first developer hub, a dedicated space for centralizing our developer resources, documenting open government efforts at the agency, and celebrating what you have built using ED data and code.

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

3 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

3 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?
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