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  • U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Approves Second Wave of Perkins Career and Technical Education State Plans

    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Approves Second Wave of Perkins Career and Technical Education State Plans| site |



    Plans detail how states will use federal investment to offer students multiple pathways to success


    (May 29, 2020) - - Today (May 29, 2020), the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the Department of Education has approved nine additional career and technical education (CTE) state plans. Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming are the latest states to have their CTE plans approved under the new, bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21stCentury Act (Perkins V), which was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on July 31, 2018. "Thanks to the president's leadership, the new career and technical education law gives local leaders the flexibility to make...
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  • U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Approves First Wave of Perkins Career and Technical Education State Plans

    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Approves First Wave of Perkins Career and Technical Education State Plans| site |



    Plans detail how states will use federal investment to offer students multiple pathways to success


    (May 22, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the Department of Education has approved six career and technical education (CTE) state plans. Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire are the first six states to have their CTE plans approved under the new, bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), which was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on July 31, 2018. "Thanks to the President's leadership, the new career and technical education law gives local leaders the flexibility to make investments in the highest impact areas of...
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  • U.S. Department of Education’s COVID-19 Conference Call with Higher Education Stakeholders

    U.S. Department of Education’s COVID-19 Conference Call with Higher Education Stakeholders | site |




    (March 31, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, along with several senior Department officials, held a conference call today with higher education leaders to provide an update on the Trump Administration’s whole-of-government response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) national emergency. The Secretary began the call by welcoming the participants, including state higher education executive officers, college and university presidents, accreditors, and leaders of national higher education organizations, and thanking them for their continued work on behalf of students. The Secretary then briefed the group on the Department’s quick action to provide regulatory flexibility so that colleges and universities could move classes online to limit...
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  • Readout of the U.S. Department of Education's COVID-19 Conference Call with K-12 Stakeholders

    Readout of the U.S. Department of Education's COVID-19 Conference Call with K-12 Stakeholders | site |




    (March 20, 2020) - - Today (March 20, 2020), the U.S. Department of Education published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Education and other federal partners held a conference call today with K-12 education leaders representing all 50 states and two territories to discuss the Administration's whole-of-government response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Those who attended the call included representatives from the National Association of State Boards of Education, National Governors Association, Council of Chief State School Officers, and elected officials, among many others. During the discussion, subject matter experts answered questions about the process for approval of statewide testing waivers, meal delivery for students during school closures, lengths of school closures due to the outbreak, r...
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  • U.S. Department of Education adddresses Helping Students Adversely Affected by School Closures

    U.S. Department of Education addresses Helping Students Adversely Affected by School Closures | site |



    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Announces Broad Flexibilities for States to Cancel Testing During National Emergency



    (March 20, 2020) - - Today (March 20, 2020), the U.S. Department of Education published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today students impacted by school closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can bypass standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year. Upon a proper request, the Department will grant a waiver to any state that is unable to assess its students due to the ongoing national emergency, providing relief from federally mandated testing requirements for this school year. Secretary DeVos commented: "Students need to be focused on staying healthy and continuing to learn. Teachers need to be able to focus on remote learning an...
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  • U.S. Department of Education Releases Webinar, Fact Sheet for Protecting Students' Civil Rights During COVID-19 Response

    U.S. Department of Education Releases Webinar, Fact Sheet for Protecting Students' Civil Rights During COVID-19 Response| site |



    (March 17, 2020) - - Today (March 17, 2020), the U.S. Department of Education published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education released today a webinar on ensuring web accessibility for students with disabilities for schools utilizing online learning during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. In addition, OCR published a fact sheet for education leaders on how to protect students' civil rights as school leaders take steps to keep students safe and secure. These resources will assist education leaders in making distance learning accessible to students with disabilities and in preventing discrimination during this Administration-wide response effort. As more schools across the nation shift to distance learning, OCR's webinar reminds decisionmakers of their re
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  • National Education Association Statement on Upcoming Educator Conferences

    National Education Association Statement on Upcoming Educator Conferences

    National Education Association Statement on Upcoming Educator Conferences| site |



    Lily Eskelsen García: Safety at the forefront of our thinking as nation grapples with coronavirus




    (March 6, 2020) - - Today, the National Education Association (NEA) published the following information: WASHINGTON - March 06, 2020 - Following recent reports from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the status and potential threats of the COVID-19 virus, NEA announced it has cancelled all upcoming conferences through the end of March. NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement: “The nation’s students, educators, and all their families are at the forefront of our thinking as the nation grapples with the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. This decision was made with an overabundance of caution to protect our students, our members and our staff. We will continue to monitor...
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  • U.S. Department of Education says Federal Student Aid Delivers on Secretary DeVos' Promise to Modernize, Personalize Customer Experience

    U.S. Department of Education says Federal Student Aid Delivers on Secretary DeVos' Promise to Modernize, Personalize Customer Experience| site |



    New Online Features Include Aid Summary and Loan Simulator


    (February 24, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — Delivering on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' promise to modernize and personalize customer experience with federal student aid, the Education Department announced today transformative upgrades to StudentAid.gov . The updated website now features new tools, which provide students with detailed information about the grants and loans they have received and guide them to a personalized recommendation for a loan repayment plan. Federal Student Aid (FSA) also launched a pilot that allows a subset of the office's 42 million borrowers, for the first time ever, to make student loan payments directly on StudentAid.gov. T...
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  • U.S. Department of Education says President Trump Proposes Transformative, Student-First Budget to Return Power to States, Limit Federal Control of Education

    U.S. Department of Education says President Trump Proposes Transformative, Student-First Budget to Return Power to States, Limit Federal Control of Education | site |




    (February, 10, 2020) - - Today (February 10, 2020), the U.S. Department of Education published the following information:




    President Trump Proposes Transformative, Student-First Budget to Return Power to States, Limit Federal Control of Education





    Budget Calls for Expanding Education Freedom, Block Granting K-12 Education Funds, and a Separate and Reformed Federal Student Aid


    Adds New Funding to Support Children with Disabilities, Career and Technical Education for All Students




    WASHINGTON — The President released today his budget request for the U.S. Department of Education for the 2021 fiscal year. This transformative, student-first budget prioritizes improving student...
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  • U.S. Department of Education, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Better Serve Student Loan Borrowers

    U.S. Department of Education, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Better Serve Student Loan Borrowers | site |



    (February 3, 2020) - - Today (February 3, 2020), the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a new coordination agreement in order to better serve student loan borrowers. Under the newly signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) the agencies will share complaint information from borrowers and meet quarterly to discuss observations about the nature of complaints received, characteristics of borrowers, and available information about resolution of complaints. The MOU also provides for the sharing of complaint data analysis, recommendations, and analytical tools. "All student loan borrowers, whether they have a Federally-held or private student loan, deserve world-class service and...
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  • U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Announces New Flexibility for States to Better Meet the Needs of Students, Local Communities

    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Announces New Flexibility for States to Better Meet the Needs of Students, Local Communities| site |




    (January 31, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Education published (today, January 31, 2020), the following information: WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced new flexibility for four states that are rethinking education in order to better serve students and meet local needs. Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas and Vermont were recently approved to participate in the Education Flexibility Program (Ed-Flex), which was updated by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Ed-Flex encourages local innovation and returns power to states from the U.S. Department of Education by allowing states to waive certain federal statutory or regulatory requirements under the law. "We are committed to shifting control over education decisions from Washington back to where it belongs: in the hands o...
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  • U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Appoints Three New Members, Chair To Board Overseeing The Nation’s Report Card

    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Appoints Three New Members, Chair To Board Overseeing The Nation’s Report Card| site |



    Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour named chair of National Assessment Governing Board


    (January 30, 2020) - - Today (January 30, 2020), the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has appointed a former governor, engineering curriculum specialist, and twelfth-grade U.S. government and politics teacher to four-year terms on the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the only continuing, nationally representative evaluation of U.S. students' knowledge. Secretary DeVos named former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, one of the new appointees, as chair of the Board. The Governing Board is a nonpartisan body that works independently from the U.S. Department of Education to set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress...
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  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Steps Up REAL ID Education and Awareness Efforts

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Steps Up REAL ID Education and Awareness Efforts| site |



    (January 24, 2020) - - Today (January 24, 2020), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published the following information: WASHINGTON, D.C.- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently sent letters to the Governors of all states, the District of Columbia, and territories asking them to provide DHS with a monthly update of the number of REAL IDs issued by their jurisdictions. The states now report to DHS that they have collectively issued more than 95 million REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and ID cards (34%) out of 276 million total cards. While this is a noteworthy improvement over the 67 million REAL ID-compliant cards (27%) out of a total 249 million total cards previously reported in the fall, DHS urges the American public to get a REAL ID immediately and not wait until the deadline. Importantly, the Department has been increasing its ove...
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  • U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Announces New, Proactive Civil Rights Compliance Center within Office for Civil Rights

    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Announces New, Proactive Civil Rights Compliance Center within Office for Civil Rights | site |



    'OPEN Center' will focus on Outreach, Prevention, Education and Non-discrimination to Promote Equal Access in Education


    (January 21, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education will launch the Outreach, Prevention, Education and Non-discrimination (OPEN) Center to focus on proactive compliance with federal civil rights laws. The OPEN Center will provide assistance and support to schools, educators, families, and students to ensure better awareness of the requirements and protections of federal non-discrimination laws. "The creation of the OPEN Center is yet another example of this Department's focus on supporting school distr...
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  • U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Announces Proposed Rule Regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-Based Education Institutions, Provides Updated School Prayer Guidance

    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Announces Proposed Rule Regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-Based Education Institutions, Provides Updated School Prayer Guidance| site |



    (January 16, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Education published (today) the following information:

    Washington — Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that the Department of Education is taking several concrete actions to protect religious liberty and ensure the Department is acting in accordance with the First Amendment. The Department announced a proposed rule ensuring the equal treatment and constitutional rights of religious organizations and faith-based institutions, as well as First Amendment freedoms owed to students on campus. As directed by Congress, the agency will also release updated guidance regarding constitutionally protected prayer in schools. "Our actions today will protect the constitutional rights of students, teachers, and faith-b
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    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Approves Second Wave of Perkins Career and Technical Education State Plans
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    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Approves Second Wave of Perkins Career and Technical Education State Plans| site |



    Plans detail how states will use federal investment to offer students multiple pathways to success


    (May 29, 2020) - - Today (May 29, 2020), the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the Department of Education has approved nine additional career and technical education (CTE) state plans. Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming are the latest states to have their CTE plans approved under the new, bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21stCentury Act (Perkins V), which was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on July 31, 2018. "Thanks to the president's leadership, the new career and technical education law gives local leaders the flexibility to make...
    06-05-2020, 03:03 AM
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    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Approves First Wave of Perkins Career and Technical Education State Plans
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Approves First Wave of Perkins Career and Technical Education State Plans| site |



    Plans detail how states will use federal investment to offer students multiple pathways to success


    (May 22, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the Department of Education has approved six career and technical education (CTE) state plans. Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire are the first six states to have their CTE plans approved under the new, bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), which was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on July 31, 2018. "Thanks to the President's leadership, the new career and technical education law gives local leaders the flexibility to make investments in the highest impact areas of...
    05-26-2020, 04:04 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Education’s COVID-19 Conference Call with Higher Education Stakeholders
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    U.S. Department of Education’s COVID-19 Conference Call with Higher Education Stakeholders | site |




    (March 31, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, along with several senior Department officials, held a conference call today with higher education leaders to provide an update on the Trump Administration’s whole-of-government response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) national emergency. The Secretary began the call by welcoming the participants, including state higher education executive officers, college and university presidents, accreditors, and leaders of national higher education organizations, and thanking them for their continued work on behalf of students. The Secretary then briefed the group on the Department’s quick action to provide regulatory flexibility so that colleges and universities could move classes online to limit...
    04-01-2020, 03:00 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Readout of the U.S. Department of Education's COVID-19 Conference Call with K-12 Stakeholders
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Readout of the U.S. Department of Education's COVID-19 Conference Call with K-12 Stakeholders | site |




    (March 20, 2020) - - Today (March 20, 2020), the U.S. Department of Education published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Education and other federal partners held a conference call today with K-12 education leaders representing all 50 states and two territories to discuss the Administration's whole-of-government response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Those who attended the call included representatives from the National Association of State Boards of Education, National Governors Association, Council of Chief State School Officers, and elected officials, among many others. During the discussion, subject matter experts answered questions about the process for approval of statewide testing waivers, meal delivery for students during school closures, lengths of school closures due to the outbreak, r...
    03-24-2020, 11:54 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Education adddresses Helping Students Adversely Affected by School Closures
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Education addresses Helping Students Adversely Affected by School Closures | site |



    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Announces Broad Flexibilities for States to Cancel Testing During National Emergency



    (March 20, 2020) - - Today (March 20, 2020), the U.S. Department of Education published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today students impacted by school closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can bypass standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year. Upon a proper request, the Department will grant a waiver to any state that is unable to assess its students due to the ongoing national emergency, providing relief from federally mandated testing requirements for this school year. Secretary DeVos commented: "Students need to be focused on staying healthy and continuing to learn. Teachers need to be able to focus on remote learning an...
    03-24-2020, 10:41 PM

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