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  • U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Holds Virtual Roundtable with Members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

    U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Holds Virtual Roundtable with Members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: May 12, 2021) This afternoon, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona held a virtual roundtable with members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community to discuss their experiences during the pandemic and ongoing challenges related to education in their communities. The participants included teachers, parents, and members of AAPI community organizations. They shared their personal experiences with the Secretary and provided feedback on ways the U.S. Department of Education (ED) can help address issues of racism, bullying, reopening schools for in-person learning, and supporting students' social, emotional, academic, and mental health needs. Secretary Cardona launched the discussion and listened as the participants shared their stories: ...
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  • U.S. Department of Education Launches Outreach Campaign to Millions of K-12 Students and Federal Pell Grant Recipients Now Eligible for Monthly Discounts on Broadband Internet Service

    U.S. Department of Education Launches Outreach Campaign to Millions of K-12 Students and Federal Pell Grant Recipients Now Eligible for Monthly Discounts on Broadband Internet Service | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: May 12, 2021)

    The U.S. Department of Education today launched a major outreach campaign to millions of students who are now eligible for a monthly discount on broadband internet service under a temporary program administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The campaign will inform millions of families with children participating in the free or reduced-price lunch or school breakfast program, and 6.5 million Pell Grant recipients that they are now eligible for the discount of up to $50 per month. Eligible households on qualifying Tribal lands can receive a discount of up to $75 per month. “The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified issues of internet access and
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  • Statement from U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on the Confirmation of Cindy Marten as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education

    Statement from U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on the Confirmation of Cindy Marten as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: May 11, 2021) Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona issued the following statement on the confirmation of Cindy Marten as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education: "I am grateful for today's confirmation of Cindy Marten as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. As superintendent of the second largest school district in California and one of the longest serving urban school leaders in America, Cindy remained committed to San Diego when the pandemic hit, finding ways to provide technology to thousands of students and provide more than 20 million free meals to students in need. Cindy also partnered with the local public university to stand up testing at all San Diego Unified School District campuse...
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  • U.S. Department of Education Makes Available 36 Billion Dollars in American Rescue Plan Funds to Support Students and Institutions

    U.S. Department of Education Makes Available $36 Billion in American Rescue Plan Funds to Support Students and Institutions | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: May 11, 2021) The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced more than $36 billion in emergency grants today provided under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act for postsecondary education. These grants will help over 5,000 institutions of higher education (institutions), including HBCUs, TCCUs, and HSIs, provide emergency financial aid to millions of students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 national emergency. Emergency funds provided by ARP more than double the emergency relief aid available to students and institutions already authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) relief legislation. This funding is provided by the ARPâ...
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  • U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Holds Virtual Roundtable with Educators to Discuss the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

    U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Holds Virtual Roundtable with Educators to Discuss the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: May 7, 2021)

    This afternoon, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona held a virtual roundtable to discuss the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program with educators who have student loans and are participating in the program. The participants included teachers from elementary and secondary schools and an occupational therapist. They shared their personal experiences with the Secretary and provided feedback on ways the Department can make it easier for borrowers to understand the PSLF program, complete their payments, communicate clearly with their loan servicers, and eventually receive loan forgiveness based on their service. Secretary Cardona launched the discussion and listened as the educators shared their stories: "Student loan...
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  • U.S. Department of Education Announces Richard Cordray as Chief Operating Officer of Federal Student Aid

    U.S. Department of Education Announces Richard Cordray as Chief Operating Officer of Federal Student Aid | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: May 3, 2021) The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced today that it has selected Richard Cordray as the Chief Operating Officer of Federal Student Aid. Cordray is the former Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the former Attorney General of Ohio. Federal Student Aid is responsible for managing the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, including grants, work-study and loans for students attending college or career school. U.S Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona issued the following statement on Cordray's selection: "I am thrilled that Richard Cordray will be joining the Department of Education as the Chief Operating Officer of Federal Student Aid. It is critical that students and stude...
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  • Statement by U.S. Education Secretary Cardona on President Biden’s Nomination of Roberto J. RodrĂ­guez

    Statement by U.S. Education Secretary Cardona on President Biden’s Nomination of Roberto J. Rodríguez | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: April 28, 2021)

    Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona issued the following statement today on President Biden’s intent to nominate Roberto J. Rodríguez for Assistant Secretary of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education: “I am grateful President Biden has nominated Roberto J. Rodríguez to serve as Assistant Secretary of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education. As the son of public-school educators and the grandson of immigrants, Roberto has devoted his career to organizing, supporting, and elevating the voices and vision of educators in the policy-development process. He has a strong track record of shaping bipartisan policy solutions that are informed by the experiences
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  • U.S. Department of Education Announces More Biden-Harris Appointees

    U.S. Department of Education Announces More Biden-Harris Appointees

    U.S. Department of Education Announces More Biden-Harris Appointees | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: April 9, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced more political appointees that will lead various parts of the agency. These diverse and accomplished individuals will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the agency, and work to quickly advance key education priorities for the Biden-Harris Administration.

    Levi Bohanan, Special Assistant, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education Levi Bohanan previously served in the Obama administration at the U.S. Department of Education, where he worked in the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs and the Office of the Secretary. Most recently, he served as a policy entrepreneur at Next100, a progressive public policy think tank created by the next generation of policy leaders, where he focused on ea
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  • U.S. Department of Education Releases - - - COVID-19 Handbook, Volume 2: Roadmap to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Students' Needs" - - -

    U.S. Department of Education Releases "COVID-19 Handbook, Volume 2: Roadmap to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Students' Needs" | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department Education press release dated: April 9, 2021)

    Today, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) released the COVID-19 Handbook, Volume 2: Roadmap to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Students' Needs to provide additional strategies for safely reopening all of America's schools and to promote educational equity by addressing opportunity gaps that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

    Building off of Volume 1: Strategies for Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools, which focused on health and safety measures that schools can use to successfully implement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) K-12 Operational Strategy, Volume 2 of the Handbook focuses on research-based strategies to address the social, emotional,
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  • U.S. Department of Education to Host National Safe School Reopening Summit on Wednesday, March 24

    U.S. Department of Education to Host National Safe School Reopening Summit on Wednesday, March 24 | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: March 17, 2021) Following the passage of the American Rescue Plan recently signed by President Biden, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced more details today regarding the virtual National Safe School Reopening Summit, which will take place on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 12pm EDT. The summit program will include welcoming remarks from First Lady Dr. Jill Biden as well as remarks from Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel A. Cardona, and the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dr. Rochelle Walensky. It will also consist of three panels that will include health experts, educators and education leaders, and students. "Since day one, my top priority, and a top priority for President Biden and Vice President Harris, has been to get kids safely back...
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