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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Issues Statements Following Visits to Miami Elementary School and Miami Dade College

2 months 2 weeks ago
Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited Royal Palm Elementary with Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, where they toured the school, read to students, and spoke with teachers and administrators. Secretary DeVos then continued on to Miami Dade College, where she met with President Eduardo J. Padrón and toured the college's Miami Animation and Gaming International Complex. Following the visits, Secretary DeVos issued the following statement:

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Accepts Invitation From AFT President and District to Visit School in Ohio

2 months 2 weeks ago
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued the following statement after accepting an invitation to visit a school in Van Wert, Ohio: "I look forward to visiting the students, parents and educators of Van Wert. Every parent should be able to send their children to a school that meets their unique needs, and for many parents, that is a public school. I support and celebrate all great schools. "I appreciate the district and AFT (American Federation of Teachers) President Randi Weingarten extending the invitation."

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Issues Statement on Visit to Excel Academy with First Lady Melania Trump and Queen Rania of Jordan

2 months 3 weeks ago
Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, First Lady Melania Trump and Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan visited Excel Academy in Washington, DC. After touring the school and speaking with parents, teachers and students, Secretary DeVos issued the following statement: "As we bring our education system into the 21st century, it is important we highlight the many types of different schools serving the varied and unique needs of individual students.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Issues Statement Recognizing the Month of the Military Child

2 months 3 weeks ago
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos kicked off the Month of the Military Child today, April 3, by visiting Kimberly Hampton Primary School in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. She visited several classrooms, read to students, and met with school officials and with parents stationed at Fort Bragg. Following the visit, Secretary DeVos issued the following statement: "We have a responsibility to ensure every child has access to a quality education, especially those children whose parents dedicate their lives to the service of our country.

Update: Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Federal Student Aid (FSA) Statement on IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)

2 months 4 weeks ago
To protect sensitive taxpayer data, the IRS and FSA announced today the Data Retrieval Tool on fafsa.gov and StudentLoans.gov will be unavailable until extra security protections can be added. While we are working to resolve these issues as quickly as possible, students and families should plan for the tool to be offline until the start of the next FAFSA season.

Statement from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis

2 months 4 weeks ago
"There is an opioid epidemic facing our country, and the impact on our children is very real. In the last 24 hours, it was reported that a man overdosed on opioids and crashed his car into a pole with a toddler in the vehicle. This is but one example of the tens of thousands of opioid overdoses harming communities nationwide. This crisis is real and is tearing families apart.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' Prepared Remarks to the Brookings Institution

2 months 4 weeks ago
Thank you, Russ, for that kind introduction, and thank you for your work to develop this important report. And thank you to all of you for taking the time to come here today. This report focuses on something everyone here knows I’m passionate about: increasing education options for parents and students. It’s something I view as a fundamental right too long denied to too many kids. My views on this were shaped early on in my time as a mother. … This experience led me to the following conclusions:

Statement From U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Following Women's History Month STEM Event at Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

2 months 4 weeks ago
"Every child should have the opportunity to fulfill his or her full potential, which is why today's celebration of Women's History Month and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education is so important. The students attending today's celebration are a reminder that the next generation of engineers, astronauts and innovators is among us, and we owe every child the opportunity to choose a school that best meets his or her needs.

U.S. Education Department Reaches Agreement with Wittenberg University Concerning Title IX Violations

3 months ago
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced today that it has reached an agreement with Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, after finding that the university's handling of complaints arising from reports of sexual assault violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Highlights from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' Remarks to the Council of Chief State School Officers

3 months 1 week ago
The following remarks were given today at 4:30 p.m. ET at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. "Thank you, Chris, for that kind welcome. And thank you all for the work you do on behalf of the parents and students of your state." … "I think most of us would agree that common sense doesn’t always win out in Washington. Too often, the Department of Education has gone outside of its established authority and created roadblocks – wittingly or unwittingly – for parents and educators alike.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' Addressed the National Association of State Boards of Education in Washington, D.C.

3 months 1 week ago
The following remarks were given today at 8:45 a.m. at the Loews Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. Thank you, Kris, for that kind welcome. And thank you all for the work you do as members of your states’ boards of education. I know you all are anticipating some discussion about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the implications for your states. But since we haven’t yet had the chance to meet, I want to begin by telling you a little bit about my background and how I got involved in education. …

Statement from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on the America First Budget

3 months 1 week ago
Today, the Trump administration released the FY 2018 Budget Blueprint: A Blueprint to Make America Great Again. This blueprint meets the President’s promises to support our military, prioritize border security, veterans’ health care, and school choice, and to eliminate hundreds of redundant, overlapping or ineffective programs. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued the following statement:

Prepared Remarks by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to the National Lieutenant Governors Association

3 months 1 week ago
Thank you, Chairman McKee for that kind introduction. And thank each of you for the hard work you do on behalf of your states. I'm glad to see you all made it despite the snow. I'm getting used to the weather here in Washington, but I must say, by Michigan standards, this could be considered a balmy March day! Before we delve into policy, I wanted to tell you a bit about myself. ... For me, these experiences have combined to form my views:

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' Prepared Remarks to the Council of the Great City Schools

3 months 2 weeks ago
Thank you, Felton, for that introduction, and thank you, Michael Casserly, for your leadership of the Council, and all of you for the work you do on behalf of kids. I want to begin by taking a moment to introduce myself—beyond the headlines and SNL skits—although it is flattering to be portrayed by Kate McKinnon, a woman younger than my oldest son.

U.S. Education Department Reaches Agreement with Palo Alto Unified School District to Ensure Prompt, Equitable Responses to Reports of Violations of Title IX

3 months 2 weeks ago
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has reached an agreement with the Palo Alto Unified School District in Palo Alto, California after finding that the district's handling of complaints violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.
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