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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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  • Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on Results of April 2021 NAEP Survey on School Reopening

    Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on Results of April 2021 NAEP Survey on School Reopening
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    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: June 10, 2021) “Today's data reaffirms what we’ve been seeing and hearing for months – that we’ve met and exceeded President Biden’s goal of reopening the majority of K-8 schools, and that as a nation we continue to make significant progress in reopening as many schools as possible before the summer. As of April, 96 percent of K-8 schools were offering in-person learning options and 59 percent of these schools were offering full-time in-person instruction. From speaking with educators, students, parents, and districts across the country, we know that additional reopening progress was made in May and the early weeks of June. While today’s data show that for the first time this year more Black and Hispanic fourth graders were attend...
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  • U.S. Department of Education Announces Actions to Advance Equity in Education

    U.S. Department of Education Announces Actions to Advance Equity in Education

    U.S. Department of Education Announces Actions to Advance Equity in Education | site |



    Department will hold an Equity Summit Series starting this month


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

    Today, building on the American Rescue Plan’s historic funding for schools as drivers of equity and opportunity, the Department of Education announced a series of actions it is taking to advance equity in education and ensure schools across the nation are serving all students. Actions include the release of a report highlighting the disparate impacts of COVID-19 on K-12 and postsecondary students in underserved communities, the release of guidance to implement an historic provision within the American Rescue Plan that will ensure that the school districts with the highest poverty do not receive any per-pupil decrease in state funding below their pre-pandemic levels, and an Equity...
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  • U.S. Department of Education Releases COVID-19 Handbook Volume 3 - - - Strategies for Safe Operation and Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education Students, Faculty, and Staff

    U.S. Department of Education Releases COVID-19 Handbook Volume 3: Strategies for Safe Operation and Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education Students, Faculty, and Staff | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: June 4, 2021)

    Today, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) released the COVID-19 Handbook Volume 3: Strategies for Safe Operation and Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education Students, Faculty, and Staff to provide additional strategies for higher education institutions (IHEs) and communities as they work to reopen for in-person instruction safely and equitably. The Department worked with public health officials and partners across the Biden-Harris Administration to ensure that the Handbook provides actionable strategies IHEs can use to implement CDC guidance to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The Handbook also provides strategies...
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  • Statement from the U.S. Department of Education on the Status of Recognition of Nine Accrediting Agencies

    Statement from the U.S. Department of Education on the Status of Recognition of Nine Accrediting Agencies and Withdrawal of Recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: June 2, 2021)

    "Today the Department of Education's (ED) Senior Department Official (SDO) informed nine accreditors about the status of their recognition. The following agencies were approved for renewal of recognition for five years:
    • American Board of Funeral Services Education, Committee on Accreditation
    • Association of Institutions of Jewish Studies
    • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Council on Naturopathic Medical Education
    • Midwifery Education Accreditation Council
    • Montessori Accreditation Council on Teacher Education
    • National Accrediting Commission of Career
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  • U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Holds Virtual Roundtable to Discuss the Importance of Providing Pell Grants for Incarcerated Individuals

    U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Holds Virtual Roundtable to Discuss the Importance of Providing Pell Grants for Incarcerated Individuals | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: May 25, 2021) This afternoon, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona held a virtual roundtable to showcase the importance of providing Pell Grants for incarcerated individuals by speaking with students and former students who took college courses in prison. This session allowed the Secretary to hear directly from students who have gone through college in prison programs and provided insight on how we can best serve these students going forward. Secretary Cardona launched the discussion and listened as the students shared their stories. “I am so glad to be here to talk with you today and thank each of you for your willingness to share your stories with me. College in prison programs have an important mission th...
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  • Statement by U.S. Education Secretary Cardona on President Biden’s Nomination of Lisa Brown

    Statement by U.S. Education Secretary Cardona on President Biden’s Nomination of Lisa Brown | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: May 26, 2021) U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona today issued the following statement on President Biden’s intent to nominate Lisa Brown for General Counsel in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Education: "I am thrilled with President Biden's nomination of Lisa Brown to serve as General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Education. Not only does Lisa have a long career in public service and extensive experience serving as legal counsel, she also prioritizes her passion of mentoring first generation college students and students interested in pursuing careers in social justice. Her commitment to helping students grow and succeed will serve as a great asset to the Department as we fight for equal opportunity for all students, reopen America's schools for i...
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  • Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education Announces Public Hearings on Protections for Students, Loan Repayment, Targeted Loan Cancellation Programs, and Other Higher Education Regulations

    U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education Announces Public Hearings on Protections for Students, Loan Repayment, Targeted Loan Cancellation Programs, and Other Higher Education Regulations | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: May 24, 2021) The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education announced today that it will hold virtual public hearings on June 21, 23, and 24 to receive stakeholder feedback on potential issues for future rulemaking sessions. These issues include borrower defense to repayment for students harmed by their colleges’ misleading practices and gainful employment requirements to protect students and taxpayers from poor-performing programs. They also include loan repayment and improving the rules governing targeted student loan cancellation authorities for borrowers engaged in public service, with disabilities, or whose institutions close, among other topi...
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  • Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen to Chair Meeting of the Financial Literacy and Education Commission

    Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen to Chair Meeting of the Financial Literacy and Education Commission | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: May 18, 2021)

    Washington - - Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen will chair a meeting of the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC) on May 26, 2021. The meeting will focus on the role of financial education in reducing economic inequity.

    The Commission’s vision is of sustained financial well-being for all individuals and families in the U.S. In furtherance of this vision, the Commission sets strategic direction for policy, education, practice, research, and coordination so that all Americans make informed financial decisions. Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo will moderate a discussion among experts in the field including:
    • John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Operation Hope,
    • Marc
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  • U.S. Department of Education says Washington State's Melito Ramirez Named America's First ‘Recognizing Inspiring School Employees - - - RISE '- - - Awardee

    U.S. Department of Education says Washington State's Melito Ramirez Named America's First ‘Recognizing Inspiring School Employees (RISE)’ Awardee | site |




    New Award Honors One Classified School Employee Annually



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education dated: May 18, 2021)

    U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona announced today the selection of Melito Ramirez, an intervention specialist at Walla Walla High School in Washington state, as the nation's first Recognizing Inspiring School Employees (RISE) awardee. This new honor, established by Congress in 2019, spotlights classified school employees' outstanding contributions to quality K-12 education in the United States. Classified school employees include paraprofessionals, clerical and administrative services, transportation services, food and nutrition services, custodial and maintenance services, security services, health and student serv
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  • U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Announces Virtual Public Hearing to Gather Information for the Purpose of Improving Enforcement of Title IX

    U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Announces Virtual Public Hearing to Gather Information for the Purpose of Improving Enforcement of Title IX | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: May 17, 2021)

    The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today announced a virtual public hearing to be held from June 7, 2021, to June 11, 2021, to gather information for improving enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The notice for the public hearing is available here, and the official hearing notice will be published in the Federal Register in the coming days.

    The hearing is part of OCR's comprehensive review of the Department's existing regulations and other actions related to Title IX to implement President Biden's March 8 Executive Order on Guaranteeing an Educational Environment Free from Discrimination on the Basis of Sex,
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    U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Holds Virtual Roundtable with Early Childhood Stakeholders to Discuss Priorities for Early Learning
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    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...
    06-22-2021, 06:28 AM
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    U.S. Department of Education Confirms Title IX Protects Students from Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
    by Staff Reporter 1
    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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    06-21-2021, 04:20 PM
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    Statement by Miguel Cardona Secretary of Education on the U.S. Department of Education Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request
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    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...
    06-19-2021, 04:48 AM
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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
    by Staff Reporter 1
    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...
    06-18-2021, 12:46 AM
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    U.S. Department of Education Updates Series of Student Aid Quarterly Data Reports
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    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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    06-16-2021, 06:32 AM

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