New from U.S. Department of Education

How Schools are Reducing their Environmental Impact, Improving Health, and Cultivating Stewardship Values- 2019 Green Ribbon Schools Announced

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Today the U.S. Department of Education named the 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees. Across the country there are 35 schools including 25 public schools, 3 magnet schools, 2 charter schools, 10 nonpublic schools, and four postsecondary institutions that are recognized. Thirty-six percent of the 2019

Secretary DeVos Delivers on Promise to Expand College Scorecard, Provide Meaningful Information to Students on Education Options and Outcomes

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WASHINGTON— U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today major improvements to the College Scorecard, a tool launched by the U.S. Department of Education to help students make informed decisions about their education options after high school. The tool now includes information on 2,100 additional postsecondary education options and more comprehensive information about graduation rates. The Department is also releasing preliminary information on student loan debt by field of study available to download. 

Secretary DeVos Builds on "Rethink Higher Education" Agenda, Expands Opportunities for Students Through Innovative Experimental Sites

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the launch of the first new higher education experimental site during her tenure and is inviting new participants to join another experiment already underway. The new Federal Work-Study (FWS) Experiment will provide institutions with increased flexibilities that will enable students to earn work-study benefits while participating in apprenticeships, internships and work-based learning programs, as well as earn work-study wages while completing required clinical rotations, externships and student teaching.

Prepared Remarks by Secretary DeVos to Young America’s Foundation at the Reagan Ranch Center

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Thank you, Andrew Coffin, for that kind introduction. And thank you, Ron Robinson. I really admire your lifelong dedication to ensuring our next generations know and embrace freedom. There’s nothing more important than the formation of America’s future, her students. Rancho del Cielo is a national treasure. For President Reagan, it represented America. It represented freedom. Vast potential, possibilities, and opportunities—just waiting to be seized.

Signing Day: Every Team’s Most Important Recruit

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As spring approaches, thousands of coaches and athletes from around the country get ready for National Signing Day, a day where press conferences are scheduled, coaches’ phones ring off the hook, and star recruits ceremoniously sport the hats of their chosen colleges. For star athletes, it is the day they begin their trek toward what Continue Reading

4 Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Your Teacher

2 weeks 2 days ago
Teacher Appreciation Week is here! As a former teacher and in my current role engaging with teachers across Tennessee, I love that we celebrate and recognize our teachers. In case you’re stumped for ways to meaningfully show your appreciation for the teachers in your life, here are a few suggestions…and most won’t cost you a Continue Reading

The Most Meaningful Way to Celebrate Your Teacher

2 weeks 4 days ago
In classrooms all across America, long hours of curriculum are taught, thousands of papers are graded each day, yet teachers still find the time to constantly brainstorm strategies to support their diverse student population. They stay up late answering emails and stay after class to help a struggling student. On any given day, a teacher Continue Reading

Prepared Remarks by Secretary DeVos at the Education Writers Association 72nd National Seminar

2 weeks 5 days ago
Thank you for that introduction, and thank you for hosting me today. Education is an issue I tend to think a lot about—and have for many years. I’ve followed your reporting and I appreciate all that you do as journalists. The simple truth is: I never imagined I’d be a focus of your coverage. I don’t enjoy the publicity that comes with my position. I don’t love being up on stage or on any kind of platform. I’m an introvert.

Prepared Remarks by Secretary DeVos at the Manhattan Institute's 19th annual Alexander Hamilton Award Dinner

3 weeks 3 days ago
Thank you, Roger Hertog, for that kind introduction. And I'm very grateful for President Bush's kind words. I'm also thankful to be joined by my husband, Dick, daughter Andrea, son-in-law Michael, and my mom Elsa and her husband Ren. Let me start by thanking the Manhattan Institute for this award. Although, I must admit I'm not sure what I've done to deserve such an honor.

The Value of Financial Literacy and Self-Advocacy

3 weeks 5 days ago
In my senior year of high school, as college decisions were released, opening the financial aid award letters was scarier than the decisions themselves: the final number, or net cost, could make or break my ability to attend university. To confuse matters, without an understanding of financial aid terms, award letters can be hard to Continue Reading

Prepared Remarks by Secretary DeVos at the National Teacher of the Year Ceremony

3 weeks 5 days ago
Welcome to the White House. I'm grateful for the members of the Council of Chief State School Officers and their work on behalf of students. I enjoyed our conversation earlier this month and look forward to continuing to work with you on ways we can ensure every student in America has access to a great education. And I'm always so pleased to be with teachers, especially all of you here today—the best of the best! Congratulations and thank you for all that you do for your students. Teachers do a lot. Some of which is visible, but much of which goes unseen.

Redesigning the Financial Aid Offer Letter at the University of Pennsylvania

1 month ago
Every year, incoming and current college students have to file a FAFSA in order to determine their potential and continued eligibility for federal financial aid. Students may also have to file institution-based financial aid applications every year, along with institution-based or outside scholarships. Offer letters are key tools used by colleges and universities to notify

Keeping the Cost of College Down

1 month ago
Between the high costs of tuition, living expenses, meal plans and textbooks, it is easy to see why college students are increasingly stressed about their finances. A 2015 survey  found that around 70% of college students feel stressed about their personal finances in general. As a current student at UCLA, I too have felt the financial Continue Reading

Kentucky School District Awarded Additional Funds to Support Recovery Efforts Following Tragic School Shooting Last Year

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Benton, Kentucky – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, alongside Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, announced today that Marshall County School District (MCSD) in Kentucky has been awarded a second Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant totaling $460,064. This grant will assist MCSD in its continued recovery efforts following the Jan. 23, 2018, shooting that took the lives of two students and injured 14 others.
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