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U.S. Department of Education Finds ESEA Restriction on Religious Organizations Unconstitutional, Will No Longer Enforce

1 week ago
WASHINGTON—U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today at the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) State Directors Annual Meeting that the Department will no longer enforce a restriction barring religious organizations from serving as contract providers of equitable services solely due to their religious affiliation.

President's Budget Expands Education Freedom, Supports Teachers, Protects Vulnerable Students

1 week ago
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education today released the Administration's budget request for the 2020 fiscal year. This budget reflects the Administration's continued commitment to expanding education freedom, protecting our nation's most vulnerable students, ensuring school safety and returning power over education decisions to those closest to students.

5 Tips to Encourage Reading at Home

2 weeks 3 days ago
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, captured the essence and importance of reading with this simple quote. Whether it is learning the art of how to read or reading to learn important information, Continue Reading

6 Things to Know about the Education Freedom Scholarships

2 weeks 4 days ago
This proposal would empower students and families to choose the best education setting for them – regardless of where they live, how much they make, and how they learn. Here are 6 things you should know about Education Freedom Scholarships: 1.) This proposal would drive a historic voluntary investment in America’s students and our future. Continue Reading

Trump Administration Unveils Plan for Historic Investment in America's Students through Education Freedom Scholarships

2 weeks 4 days ago
WASHINGTON—Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, along with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), unveiled Education Freedom Scholarships (EFS), the Trump Administration's key proposal to expand and improve the education options available to students across the country. The policy will make a historic investment in America's students, injecting up to $5 billion yearly into locally controlled scholarship programs that empower students to choose the learning environment and style that best meets their unique needs.

Prepared Remarks by Secretary DeVos at the unveiling of the Education Freedom Scholarships proposal

2 weeks 4 days ago
Thank you, Walter Blanks, for that kind introduction. And thanks for sharing your story with us this morning. Stories like yours and Denisha Merriweather's touch my heart every time I hear them, and they keep me motivated every day. I know each of you has an inspiring story, too! You are growing up in a place and Walter and Denisha were fortunate to live in places that offer more education opportunities for students and their families. So many other students across our country aren't so lucky.

2 Years Was the Path For Me in CTE

2 weeks 6 days ago
There are many young adults who find it very difficult to identify their career passion and explore how to turn that passion into a successful career. That was me, until I discovered my high school’s Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) program. This program helped me discover my passion for Culinary Arts. My culinary class was Continue Reading

How I Found My Passion Through CTE

3 weeks 6 days ago
It was during my freshman year of high school when I first realized that STEM was not the career pathway I wanted to pursue. While I understood the importance of a strong foundation in STEM fundamentals, my real passion was business. My story starts my freshman year of high school in Pharr, a south Texas Continue Reading

3 Ways to Spot a Scam

1 month 2 weeks ago
You Don’t Have to Pay for Help with Your Student Loans! You’re at home about to start cooking (or microwaving, no judgment here) dinner when you get a phone call from an unknown number. The person on the other end of the line is promising to help you pay off all of your student loans. Continue Reading

Prepared Remarks by Secretary DeVos to the National School Boards Association

1 month 3 weeks ago
Thank you, Frank Pugh, for that kind introduction. Thank you all for everything you do to serve your communities. In your roles, nearly all of you as volunteer school board members, you are each in an important position to advocate for students and to listen to families. While we’re gathered in our nation’s capital, I’ve always believed the best solutions are developed by those in your state capitals, or by community and faith leaders. But first by families sitting around a kitchen table.

Secretary DeVos: "Supplement, not Supplant" Proposal Helps Promote Effective Spending, Flexibility

1 month 3 weeks ago
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released proposed non-regulatory guidance to support school districts' compliance with the requirement that federal funds supplement, and do not supplant, state and local funds, under section 1118 of Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The guidance explains how ESSA changed the longstanding requirement in order to reduce administrative burden, simplify the compliance demonstration and promote effective spending.

Secretary DeVos delivers remarks at 87th annual United States Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting

1 month 3 weeks ago
Thank you, Mayor Steve Benjamin, for that kind introduction. It’s good to be back with some of you, and to meet so many more. I was active in local politics and policy for many years, so I know first-hand your leadership role is important to your communities and the people you serve. I’ve always believed solutions are best developed by those closest to an issue – by states, by communities, and by families. And mayors have a unique role in those ecosystems.
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