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Back to School by the Numbers: 2019–20 School Year

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Across the country, hallways and classrooms are full of activity as students return for the 2019–20 school year. Each year, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) compiles 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 Continue Reading

Secretary DeVos Makes Clear Federal Funds can be Used to Support Dual Enrollment, Postsecondary Options for Students and Youth with Disabilities

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WASHINGTON— U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today made clear that vocational rehabilitation (VR) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funds can be used to support dual enrollment, comprehensive transition and other postsecondary education programs for students and youth with disabilities.

Sec. DeVos Calls for a "New Birth of Freedom" in Milwaukee, the Birthplace of Education Freedom, to Kick Off 2019 Back to School Tour

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MILWAUKEE — Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos began her 2019 Back-to-School Tour in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the birthplace of modern education freedom. In a speech at St. Marcus Lutheran School, Sec. DeVos noted the incredible progress the education freedom movement has made since visionary leaders like Annette "Polly" Williams and Howard Fuller ignited the parental choice movement 30 years ago but acknowledged there is still much work left to be done.

U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Requires Significant Corrective Action from Chicago Public Schools Following Systemic Failure to Address Sexual Violence

1 week 3 days ago
WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it has reached a resolution agreement with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) that will require significant structural and procedural changes within the District in order to protect students from sexual assault and abuse.

Hands-On Learning: A Day at the Zoo

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Taking your student to the zoo is a great way to engage with them outside of the classroom and enjoy a hands-on learning experience together. Use this the guide below to make your trip engaging, educational, and enjoyable. Before your visit: Read a book about your child’s favorite animal to learn more about where it Continue Reading

Secretary DeVos Levies Largest-Ever Clery Fine Against Michigan State University, Requires Major Corrective Action Following Systemic Failure to Address Sexual Abuse

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WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced it will fine Michigan State University (MSU) a record $4.5 million and require the University to make major changes to its Title IX procedures following its systemic failure to protect students from sexual abuse. The fine and required corrective action come after two separate investigations, one by the office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) and the other by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), as directed by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

U.S. Department of Education Finalizes Regulations to Protect Student Borrowers, Hold Higher Education Institutions Accountable and Save Taxpayers $11.1 Billion Over 10 Years

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WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. Department of Education finalized regulations that will protect student borrowers, hold higher education institutions accountable and provide financial protections to taxpayers. The Institutional Accountability regulations, posted on the Department's website today, come after more than two years of deliberations, public hearings, negotiated rulemaking with a wide variety of higher education stakeholders and careful consideration of tens of thousands of public comments.

U.S. Department of Education Continues Work to Improve Civil Rights Data Quality

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WASHINGTON— U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) will work collaboratively to improve the information collected in the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC). The partnership between OCR and NCES will help to ensure that the CRDC data is valid, reliable and authenticated in a manner that provides a more accurate picture of key civil rights issues in education.

Spotlighting Whole Child, Whole School Sustainability in the State of Washington

1 month ago
Year round, the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) and its Green Strides outreach initiative share promising practices and resources in the areas of safe, healthy, and sustainable school environments; nutrition and fitness; and environmental education. Each fall, we have the pleasure of visiting school communities and highlighting their efforts. This year, the

Trump Administration to Automatically Forgive Federal Student Loan Debt for Totally and Permanently Disabled Veterans

1 month ago
LOUISVILLE, KY— Today, President Donald J. Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum that will significantly streamline the process to erase federal student loan debt for totally and permanently disabled veterans. Through a process called Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) Discharge, veterans will now have their student loan debt discharged unless they decide to opt-out of the process.  The Department anticipates notifying more than 25,000 eligible veterans and continuing the discharge process on a quarterly basis.

Hands-On Learning: A Day at the Farm

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Taking your student to a local farm is a great hands-on educational opportunity. Use this the guide below to help make your trip engaging, educational, and enjoyable. Before your visit: Read a book about farm animals with your student. Talk about the different names for animals and their offspring. During a meal, talk about the Continue Reading

Hands-On Learning: Visiting Your Local Farmers Market

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  Bringing your student to your local farmers market is a great educational opportunity. Use this the guide below to make your trip engaging, educational, and enjoyable.   Before your visit: Read about or briefly explain the purposes of a farmers market and what you will do and see during your visit. During your visit: Continue Reading

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Calls for Review of Income Verification for Income-Driven Repayment Plans

1 month 4 weeks ago
WASHINGTON—Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement calling for a comprehensive review of income verification of Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) plans following the publication of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report titled Federal Student Loans: Education Needs to Verify Borrowers' Information for Income-Driven Repayment Plans.

Five New Companies Pledge to Increase Employment and Job Training Opportunities for American Workers

2 months ago
West Columbia, SC—During U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' visit to South Carolina to mark the one-year anniversary of the announcement of President Donald Trump's Pledge to America's Workers, five additional companies committed to increasing employment and job training opportunities. The signing took place at Nephron Pharmaceuticals which was the first company in South Carolina to sign the pledge nearly a year ago.

The 2019 President’s Education Awards

2 months ago
The President’s Education Awards Program (PEAP) honors students selected annually by their school principal. This year, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos congratulated the 2019 PEAP honorees, recognizing nearly 2.25 million elementary, middle, and high school graduates on their educational accomplishments and growth. The students come from more than 25,000 public, private, and military schools
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