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Update: Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Federal Student Aid (FSA) Statement on IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)

5 hours 56 minutes ago
To protect sensitive taxpayer data, the IRS and FSA announced today the Data Retrieval Tool on fafsa.gov and StudentLoans.gov will be unavailable until extra security protections can be added. While we are working to resolve these issues as quickly as possible, students and families should plan for the tool to be offline until the start of the next FAFSA season.

Statement from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis

22 hours 31 minutes ago
"There is an opioid epidemic facing our country, and the impact on our children is very real. In the last 24 hours, it was reported that a man overdosed on opioids and crashed his car into a pole with a toddler in the vehicle. This is but one example of the tens of thousands of opioid overdoses harming communities nationwide. This crisis is real and is tearing families apart.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' Prepared Remarks to the Brookings Institution

1 day 6 hours ago
Thank you, Russ, for that kind introduction, and thank you for your work to develop this important report. And thank you to all of you for taking the time to come here today. This report focuses on something everyone here knows I’m passionate about: increasing education options for parents and students. It’s something I view as a fundamental right too long denied to too many kids. My views on this were shaped early on in my time as a mother. … This experience led me to the following conclusions:

Statement From U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Following Women's History Month STEM Event at Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

1 day 23 hours ago
"Every child should have the opportunity to fulfill his or her full potential, which is why today's celebration of Women's History Month and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education is so important. The students attending today's celebration are a reminder that the next generation of engineers, astronauts and innovators is among us, and we owe every child the opportunity to choose a school that best meets his or her needs.

U.S. Education Department Reaches Agreement with Wittenberg University Concerning Title IX Violations

6 days 2 hours ago
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced today that it has reached an agreement with Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, after finding that the university's handling of complaints arising from reports of sexual assault violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Highlights from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' Remarks to the Council of Chief State School Officers

1 week 2 days ago
The following remarks were given today at 4:30 p.m. ET at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. "Thank you, Chris, for that kind welcome. And thank you all for the work you do on behalf of the parents and students of your state." … "I think most of us would agree that common sense doesn’t always win out in Washington. Too often, the Department of Education has gone outside of its established authority and created roadblocks – wittingly or unwittingly – for parents and educators alike.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' Addressed the National Association of State Boards of Education in Washington, D.C.

1 week 3 days ago
The following remarks were given today at 8:45 a.m. at the Loews Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. Thank you, Kris, for that kind welcome. And thank you all for the work you do as members of your states’ boards of education. I know you all are anticipating some discussion about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the implications for your states. But since we haven’t yet had the chance to meet, I want to begin by telling you a little bit about my background and how I got involved in education. …

Statement from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on the America First Budget

2 weeks ago
Today, the Trump administration released the FY 2018 Budget Blueprint: A Blueprint to Make America Great Again. This blueprint meets the President’s promises to support our military, prioritize border security, veterans’ health care, and school choice, and to eliminate hundreds of redundant, overlapping or ineffective programs. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued the following statement:

Prepared Remarks by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to the National Lieutenant Governors Association

2 weeks 1 day ago
Thank you, Chairman McKee for that kind introduction. And thank each of you for the hard work you do on behalf of your states. I'm glad to see you all made it despite the snow. I'm getting used to the weather here in Washington, but I must say, by Michigan standards, this could be considered a balmy March day! Before we delve into policy, I wanted to tell you a bit about myself. ... For me, these experiences have combined to form my views:

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' Prepared Remarks to the Council of the Great City Schools

2 weeks 3 days ago
Thank you, Felton, for that introduction, and thank you, Michael Casserly, for your leadership of the Council, and all of you for the work you do on behalf of kids. I want to begin by taking a moment to introduce myself—beyond the headlines and SNL skits—although it is flattering to be portrayed by Kate McKinnon, a woman younger than my oldest son.

U.S. Education Department Reaches Agreement with Palo Alto Unified School District to Ensure Prompt, Equitable Responses to Reports of Violations of Title IX

3 weeks ago
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has reached an agreement with the Palo Alto Unified School District in Palo Alto, California after finding that the district's handling of complaints violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Readout of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' Meeting with LGBTQ families, Equality Michigan, GLSEN and NCTE

3 weeks 1 day ago
What: Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos meeting with members of the transgender community and LGBTQ advocacy leadersWhen: March 8, 2017 @ 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Where: Lyndon Baines Johnson Education Building Secretary's Conference Room 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202 This morning, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos met with parents and students from the transgender community, as well as leaders from LGBTQ advocacy organizations.

Readout of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' Meeting with Agudath Israel of America

3 weeks 1 day ago
What: Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Agudath Israel of AmericaWhen: March 8, 2017 @ 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.Where: Lyndon Baines Johnson Education Building 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Secretary's Conference Room Washington, DC 20202 This morning, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos met with leaders of Agudath Israel of America about her commitment to supporting all educational opportunities, the importance of IDEA and higher education.

Statement from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on Visit to St. Andrew Catholic School

3 weeks 6 days ago
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued the following statement after today's visit to St. Andrew Catholic School in Orlando, Fla.: Parents deserve the right to choose the education that is best for their child. Today's discussion at St. Andrew illustrates the transformative and positive impact of school choice. Children should not be denied the right to attend a high-quality school that allows them to pursue the American Dream.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Praises President Trump's Call to Increase Access to Quality Education for All Children

4 weeks 1 day ago
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement after President Trump’s address to the joint session of Congress: Tonight, President Trump delivered on his promise to support school choice and offer students access to quality options. No child, regardless of their ZIP code or family income, should be denied access to quality education.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' Prepared Remarks at HBCU Congressional Luncheon in Washington, D.C.

1 month ago
Thank you, Chairman Walker for that introduction, and my sincere thanks to you and to Sen. Scott for convening this important gathering. I know you're both champions of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities [HBCUs] you represent, from North Carolina A&T State University to South Carolina's Claflin University. I'm also honored to join leaders of some of America's finest institutions of higher learning and want to begin by recognizing some of the senior leaders in the HBCU community, including:
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