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  • U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Delivers on Promise to Protect Free Inquiry and Religious Liberty

    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Delivers on Promise to Protect Free Inquiry and Religious Liberty | site |



    Announces final rule that upholds fundamental rights guaranteed by the First Amendment



    (September 9, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Education published today, September 9, 2020, the following information:

    WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos delivered on her promise to protect free inquiry and religious liberty on campus by publishing the Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability at Colleges and Universities final rule. The new rule will ensure that public institutions of higher education uphold fundamental rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and that private institutions of higher education adhere to their own policies regarding freedom of speech, including academic freedom. The final rule also ensures the equal treatment and constitutional
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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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  • Urging States to Continue Educating Students with Disabilities, Secretary DeVos Publishes New Resource on Accessibility and Distance Learning Options

    Urging States to Continue Educating Students with Disabilities, Secretary DeVos Publishes New Resource on Accessibility and Distance Learning Options| site |



    New Fact Sheet Provides Additional Information on How Distance Learning Can be Used to Meet Students’ Needs During COVID-19 National Emergency


    (March 21, 2020) - - Today (March 21, 2020), the U.S. Department of Education published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the Department has released new information clarifying that federal law should not be used to prevent schools from offering distance learning opportunities to all students, including students with disabilities. This new resource from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) explains that as a school district takes necessary steps to address the health, safety, and well-being of all its students
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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. Secretary of Education DeVos Expands Earn and Learn Opportunities for Students at 190 Schools through Federal Work-Study Reform Initiative

    U.S. Secretary of Education DeVos Expands Earn and Learn Opportunities for Students at 190 Schools through Federal Work-Study Reform Initiative| site |



    (February 19, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the creation of a new initiative that allows more students to gain on-the-job experience with employers in their field of study as part of their Federal Work-Study (FWS) program. The initiative, known as an experimental site, expands FWS opportunities for students at 190 institutions. Institutions participating in the experimental site will be granted waivers, which encourage them to expand the use of FWS funds to support more students working in the private sector and, for the first time, allow them to pay low-income students for work experiences required by their academic programs, such as student teaching and clinical rotations. “We know ...
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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. 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 Praises Higher Education Reforms Signed Into Law

    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Praises Higher Education Reforms Signed Into Law that Simplify the FAFSA®, Provide Consistent Funding for HBCUs | site |




    (December 19, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement on the FUTURE Act after President Trump signed the bill into law. The Act contains several important higher education reforms championed by the Secretary that will benefit students for decades to come: "This administration continues to put students first, and this historic bill is another example of our commitment to them. The more than 300,000 students who attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), along with millions more at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), will benefit from consistent funding for their treasured institutions. This law also marks a long-sought victory for simplifying and imp...
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  • U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Approves New Methodology for Providing Student Loan Relief to Borrower Defense Applicants

    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Approves New Methodology for Providing Student Loan Relief to Borrower Defense Applicants| site |



    Education Department says, "While courts continue to deliberate, DeVos moves forward with ensuring harmed students receive relief"


    (December 10, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of Education published (today, December 10, 2019) the following information: WASHINGTON –Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the Department has implemented a new methodology for assessing borrower defense to repayment (BDR) claims, many of which were left behind by the previous administration. The new methodology relies on publicly available earnings data and a scientifically robust statistical methodology to determine harm. “Despite the mess we inherited from the previous administration, we committed from day one to getting this right for students and taxpayers,” said Secretary DeVos. “We cannot tolerate fraud i...
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  • U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Proposes Expanded Access to TEACH Grants, Religious Liberty Protections for Faith-Based Institutions

    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Proposes Expanded Access to TEACH Grants, Religious Liberty Protections for Faith-Based Institutions | site |



    (December 10, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information:

    WASHINGTON—U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos proposed a new rule, open for public comment today, that would expand access to Teacher Education Assistance for College Higher Education (TEACH) Grants and ensure religious liberty is protected for faith-based higher education institutions and their students. The proposed regulations are the result of historic consensus the Department reached during negotiated rulemaking earlier this year. Secretary DeVos said regarding the proposed TEACH Grants update, "This proposed rule ensures educators who received TEACH Grants and who are meeting their service requirements do not have their grants converted to loans improperly or as a result of confusing bureaucratic paperwork.
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  • U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Shares Vision for a Better, Stronger Federal Student Aid at Annual Training Conference

    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Shares Vision for a Better, Stronger Federal Student Aid at Annual Training Conference | site |



    Unveils groundbreaking new NextGen customer service tools, discusses need for new structure and governance to meet growing demands


    (December 3, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: RENO, Nevada—Today, during a major speech at the annual Federal Student Aid (FSA) Conference, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos unveiled a vision for a stronger, student-centered FSA. She detailed both what FSA can and is doing now, including continued enhancements to customer service through the transformative myStudentAid app, and what requires the action of others, including improving how FSA is structured and governed. "From submitting the FAFSA® to submitting payments; from seeing what a loan will cost over time to participating in exit counseling—we are updating everything
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  • U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Announces Grant Priority to Support Students in Economically Distressed Communities

    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Announces Grant Priority to Support Students in Economically Distressed Communities | site |



    (November 27, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of Education published (today, November 27, 2019) the following information:

    WASHINGTON—Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the Department will prioritize funding for grant applications that support students, teachers and parents in economically-distressed communities, known as Opportunity Zones.

    The Opportunity Zones priority will allow the Department to focus on grantees that do their work in an Opportunity Zone, grantees that are located in an Opportunity Zone, and grantees that will increase the impact of each federal dollar by partnering with a Qualified Opportunity Fund. "We want to ensure federal dollars have the maximum positive impact on the students and communities that need it most," said Secretary DeVos. "Through the Opportunity Zones prior
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    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Delivers on Promise to Protect Free Inquiry and Religious Liberty
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    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Delivers on Promise to Protect Free Inquiry and Religious Liberty | site |



    Announces final rule that upholds fundamental rights guaranteed by the First Amendment



    (September 9, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Education published today, September 9, 2020, the following information:

    WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos delivered on her promise to protect free inquiry and religious liberty on campus by publishing the Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability at Colleges and Universities final rule. The new rule will ensure that public institutions of higher education uphold fundamental rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and that private institutions of higher education adhere to their own policies regarding freedom of speech, including academic freedom. The final rule also ensures the equal treatment and constitutional
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    09-21-2020, 12:29 PM
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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
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    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
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    Urging States to Continue Educating Students with Disabilities, Secretary DeVos Publishes New Resource on Accessibility and Distance Learning Options
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Urging States to Continue Educating Students with Disabilities, Secretary DeVos Publishes New Resource on Accessibility and Distance Learning Options| site |



    New Fact Sheet Provides Additional Information on How Distance Learning Can be Used to Meet Students’ Needs During COVID-19 National Emergency


    (March 21, 2020) - - Today (March 21, 2020), the U.S. Department of Education published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the Department has released new information clarifying that federal law should not be used to prevent schools from offering distance learning opportunities to all students, including students with disabilities. This new resource from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) explains that as a school district takes necessary steps to address the health, safety, and well-being of all its students
    ...
    03-24-2020, 11:07 PM
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    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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