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  • U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Opens Investigations in Five States Regarding Prohibitions of Universal Indoor Masking

    U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Opens Investigations in Five States Regarding Prohibitions of Universal Indoor Masking | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: August 30, 2021) Today, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) opened directed investigations in five states exploring whether statewide prohibitions on universal indoor masking discriminate against students with disabilities who are at heightened risk for severe illness from COVID-19 by preventing them from safely accessing in-person education. "The Department has heard from parents from across the country – particularly parents of students with disabilities and with underlying medical conditions – about how state bans on universal indoor masking are putting their children at risk and preventing them from accessing in-person learning equally," said...
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  • U.S. Education Dept says New Guidance Reaffirms Importance of Full Implementation of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

    U.S. Education Dept says New Guidance Reaffirms Importance of Full Implementation of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic | site |



    U.S. Department of Education says Regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic or the mode of instruction, children with disabilities are entitled to receive a free, appropriate, public education


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: August 24, 2021)

    Today, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) sent a letter to its state and local partners reiterating its commitment to ensuring children with disabilities and their families have successful early intervention and educational experiences in the 2021-2022 school year. This letter outlines a series of question and answers (Q&As) as children and students return to in-person learning. The Q&As focus on topics to help ens
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  • U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Tells Alachua and Broward County School Districts: "We stand with you"

    U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Tells Alachua and Broward County School Districts: "We stand with you" | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: August 20, 2021)


    U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona issued the following statement in response to the Florida State Board of Education’s August 20th orders to Alachua and Broward County school districts: "The Biden Administration is fully committed to a safe and healthy return to in-person learning for all students this fall. It is deeply troubling to see state leaders putting politics ahead of the health and safety of our students, and that instead of supporting our educators for doing the right thing, state leaders are trying to punish them. This week, the President asked me to do everything I can to help protect our nation's students and support the local leaders who are fighting for them. Let me reiterate: we stand ready to assist any
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  • U.S. Department of Education Grants Interest Rate Benefit to More Than 47,000 Service Members

    U.S. Department of Education Grants Interest Rate Benefit to More Than 47,000 Service Members | site |


    Automated process benefits 880% more current and former active-duty service members since 2019


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: August 20, 2021) Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced that the office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) has retroactively waived interest on loans held by more than 47,000 current and former active-duty service members. This action was made possible by a data-matching agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) that substantially improves access to a student loan interest-waiver benefit for many service members with federal student loans. Under the Higher Education Act, service members deployed to areas that qualify them for imminent danger or hostile fire pay, have no interest accrual on certain federal student loans that were first d...
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  • U.S. Education, Labor Departments Renew Efforts to Help Unemployed Americans Pursue Postsecondary Education

    U.S. Education, Labor Departments Renew Efforts to Help Unemployed Americans Pursue Postsecondary Education | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: August 16, 2021)

    Today, the U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, launched an initiative to help connect millions of unemployed Americans to postsecondary education, especially those displaced from their employment during the pandemic. To help all Americans seek educational opportunities or training that lead to good jobs, the Departments of Education and Labor will alert institutions of higher education and state workforce agencies about ways to help unemployment insurance (UI) beneficiaries access postsecondary education opportunities.

    The Biden Administration began this outreach with a series of actions:
    • The Department of Education updated prior guidance to financial aid administrators
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  • U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Announces Civil Rights Data Collection for the 2021-22 School Year

    U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Announces Civil Rights Data Collection for the 2021-22 School Year | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: August 13, 2021)

    Today, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights announced in a letter to school superintendents that it will administer a 2021-22 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), marking the first time that OCR has conducted a CRDC, including all public school districts and their schools, two years in a row, for 2020-21 and 2021-22. The additional collection will help advance equity at a time when the nation’s educational landscape has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and schools are receiving substantial new federal funding to address new and longstanding challenges. Data from the CRDC will inform ongoing decisions regarding additional support that schools, educators, and students need to succeed, and will also assist
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  • Statement by Miguel Cardona Secretary of Education on the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Education

    Statement by Miguel Cardona Secretary of Education on the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Education | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: June 24, 2021)



    Statement by Miguel Cardona Secretary of Education on the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Education



    Good morning Chair Scott and Ranking Member Foxx. I am pleased to join you today, and I am proud to testify about the policies and priorities of the Department of Education, including President Biden's fiscal year 2022 Budget Request for the Department of Education. The full fiscal year 2022 Budget Request, which was released a little over two weeks ago, makes good on President Biden's campaign commitment to reverse years of underinvestment in Federal education programs and would begin to address the significant inequities that millions of students—primarily students of...
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  • U.S. Education Secretary Cardona: Title IX the 'Strongest Tool' in Protecting Educational Opportunities Free from Sex Discrimination

    U.S. Education Secretary Cardona: Title IX the 'Strongest Tool' in Protecting Educational Opportunities Free from Sex Discrimination | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: June 23, 2021)

    U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona today issued the following statement in recognition of the 49th anniversary of the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, commonly known as "Title IX." "Today marks 49 years since the passage of Title IX, the strongest tool we have to protect every student's right to equal access to educational opportunities free from sex discrimination. Because of this landmark rule, our nation has made important progress toward realizing our self-concept as a land of opportunity for all—from increasing equality in science, technology, engineering and math education; to enabling and encouraging more women and girls to participate in sports; to ensuring fa
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  • U.S. Department of Education Prioritizes Advancing Equity in First Installment of Equity Summit Series

    U.S. Department of Education Prioritizes Advancing Equity in First Installment of Equity Summit Series | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: June 22, 2021) Today, the U.S. Department of Education held the first installment of its Equity Summit Series, “Building Equitable Learning Environments in Our Schools.” The program featured First Lady Jill Biden, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, Deputy Secretary Cindy Marten, leaders and educators from across the country, and student performances. During the summit, participants highlighted the Biden Administration’s historic commitment to advancing equity in school reopening, recovery, and long-term investments in education, including: Through the American Rescue Plan, ensuring that schools not only have the resources to re-open for in-person instruction quickly, but also ensuring that schools are focuse...
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  • U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Holds Virtual Listening, Learning Roundtable with Rural Youth From Across the Nation

    U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Holds Virtual Listening, Learning Roundtable with Rural Youth From Across the Nation | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: June 21, 2021) Today, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona held a virtual roundtable conversation with rural students from grades 6-12. The Secretary discussed with participants what it was like to be a rural student during the pandemic as well as hear from them on what the Department can do to support them and improve their learning experience. After welcoming the students to the roundtable, Secretary Cardona opened the discussion saying that he has been talking to different students from across the country to hear their perspectives and incorporate their experiences into the Department's work. "Compared to urban schools, rural community schools have a hard time offering a wider variety of classes and extracurriculars," he said. "Ou...
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  • U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Holds Virtual Roundtable with Early Childhood Stakeholders to Discuss Priorities for Early Learning

    U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Holds Virtual Roundtable with Early Childhood Stakeholders to Discuss Priorities for Early Learning | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: June 15, 2021) Today, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona held a virtual roundtable conversation with a diverse group of early childhood stakeholders and leaders who bring perspective from the experiences of early educators, families, and communities during the public health emergency. Today's conversation will help inform the Department's early learning priorities. Topics that the early childhood stakeholders discussed included the early educator workforce, childcare and pre-K, early intervention and early childhood special education services, and family supports. Secretary Cardona opened the discussion saying, "We know that this upcoming year is going to be critically important, and this conversation t...
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  • U.S. Department of Education Confirms Title IX Protects Students from Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

    U.S. Department of Education Confirms Title IX Protects Students from Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: June 16, 2021)

    The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights today issued a Notice of Interpretation explaining that it will enforce Title IX's prohibition on discrimination on the basis of sex to include: (1) discrimination based on sexual orientation; and (2) discrimination based on gender identity. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity offered by a recipient of federal financial assistance. The Department's interpretation stems from the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, issued one year ago this week, in which the Supreme Court recognized that it is impossible to discriminate against a p
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  • Statement by Miguel Cardona Secretary of Education on the U.S. Department of Education Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request

    Statement by Miguel Cardona Secretary of Education on the U.S. Department of Education Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: June 16, 2021)


    Statement by Miguel Cardona Secretary of Education on the U.S. Department of Education Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request



    Good morning Chairwoman Murray and Ranking Member Blunt. I am pleased to join you today, and I am proud to testify on behalf of President Biden's fiscal year 2022 Budget Request for the Department of Education. The full fiscal year 2022 Budget Request, which was released a little over two weeks ago, makes good on President Biden's campaign commitment to reverse years of underinvestment in Federal education programs and would begin to address the significant inequities that millions of students—primarily students of color—and teachers confront every day i...
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  • U.S. Department of Education Announces Approval of New Categories of Borrower Defense Claims Totaling 500 Million Dollars in Loan Relief to 18,000 Borrowers

    U.S. Department of Education Announces Approval of New Categories of Borrower Defense Claims Totaling $500 Million in Loan Relief to 18,000 Borrowers | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: June 16, 2021) The U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced today the approval of 18,000 borrower defense to repayment (borrower defense) claims for individuals who attended ITT Technical Institute (ITT). These borrowers will receive 100 percent loan discharges, resulting in approximately $500 million in relief. This brings total loan cancellation under borrower defense by the Biden-Harris Administration to $1.5 billion for approximately 90,000 borrowers. “Our action today will give thousands of borrowers a fresh start and the relief they deserve after ITT repeatedly lied to them,” said Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. “Today’s action is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s cont...
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  • U.S. Department of Education Updates Series of Student Aid Quarterly Data Reports

    U.S. Department of Education Updates Series of Student Aid Quarterly Data Reports | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: June 14, 2021)

    Today, Federal Student Aid (FSA) released two new sets of quarterly portfolio reports on its Data Center website with key data and other information about federal student aid programs as of December 31, 2020 and March 31, 2021. "We are committed to sharing data and information so that all Americans can better understand the value of federal student aid and how it actually works," said FSA Chief Richard Cordray. "We are living through novel times, and the numbers show it. We also are spotlighting recent improvements in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, while underscoring the need for more work ahead to fulfill the original promise that Congress made to police officers, firefighters, teachers, and many others." The reports reflect the novel flexi
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    U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Opens Investigations in Five States Regarding Prohibitions of Universal Indoor Masking
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    U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Opens Investigations in Five States Regarding Prohibitions of Universal Indoor Masking | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: August 30, 2021) Today, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) opened directed investigations in five states exploring whether statewide prohibitions on universal indoor masking discriminate against students with disabilities who are at heightened risk for severe illness from COVID-19 by preventing them from safely accessing in-person education. "The Department has heard from parents from across the country – particularly parents of students with disabilities and with underlying medical conditions – about how state bans on universal indoor masking are putting their children at risk and preventing them from accessing in-person learning equally," said...
    09-08-2021, 01:42 AM
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    U.S. Education Dept says New Guidance Reaffirms Importance of Full Implementation of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
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    U.S. Education Dept says New Guidance Reaffirms Importance of Full Implementation of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic | site |



    U.S. Department of Education says Regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic or the mode of instruction, children with disabilities are entitled to receive a free, appropriate, public education


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: August 24, 2021)

    Today, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) sent a letter to its state and local partners reiterating its commitment to ensuring children with disabilities and their families have successful early intervention and educational experiences in the 2021-2022 school year. This letter outlines a series of question and answers (Q&As) as children and students return to in-person learning. The Q&As focus on topics to help ens
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    08-25-2021, 06:00 PM
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    U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Tells Alachua and Broward County School Districts: "We stand with you"
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Tells Alachua and Broward County School Districts: "We stand with you" | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: August 20, 2021)


    U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona issued the following statement in response to the Florida State Board of Education’s August 20th orders to Alachua and Broward County school districts: "The Biden Administration is fully committed to a safe and healthy return to in-person learning for all students this fall. It is deeply troubling to see state leaders putting politics ahead of the health and safety of our students, and that instead of supporting our educators for doing the right thing, state leaders are trying to punish them. This week, the President asked me to do everything I can to help protect our nation's students and support the local leaders who are fighting for them. Let me reiterate: we stand ready to assist any
    ...
    08-21-2021, 06:48 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Education Grants Interest Rate Benefit to More Than 47,000 Service Members
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Education Grants Interest Rate Benefit to More Than 47,000 Service Members | site |


    Automated process benefits 880% more current and former active-duty service members since 2019


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: August 20, 2021) Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced that the office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) has retroactively waived interest on loans held by more than 47,000 current and former active-duty service members. This action was made possible by a data-matching agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) that substantially improves access to a student loan interest-waiver benefit for many service members with federal student loans. Under the Higher Education Act, service members deployed to areas that qualify them for imminent danger or hostile fire pay, have no interest accrual on certain federal student loans that were first d...
    08-21-2021, 06:42 AM
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    U.S. Education, Labor Departments Renew Efforts to Help Unemployed Americans Pursue Postsecondary Education
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Education, Labor Departments Renew Efforts to Help Unemployed Americans Pursue Postsecondary Education | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: August 16, 2021)

    Today, the U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, launched an initiative to help connect millions of unemployed Americans to postsecondary education, especially those displaced from their employment during the pandemic. To help all Americans seek educational opportunities or training that lead to good jobs, the Departments of Education and Labor will alert institutions of higher education and state workforce agencies about ways to help unemployment insurance (UI) beneficiaries access postsecondary education opportunities.

    The Biden Administration began this outreach with a series of actions:
    • The Department of Education updated prior guidance to financial aid administrators
    ...
    08-18-2021, 07:18 AM

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