News from U.S. Department of Education

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

1 month 2 weeks 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

1 month 2 weeks 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

1 month 3 weeks 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

2 months 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

2 months 2 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

2 months 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

2 months 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.

Combating Substance Abuse in Schools

3 months ago
In recent years there have been significant increases in alcohol, drug and substance abuse across the country. This abuse has significantly impacted K-12 school-age students as well as those pursuing postsecondary education. To help combat substance abuse in schools, the Department of Education has developed webinars designed for State-, district- and building-level administrators, teachers and

U.S. Department of Education Announces Initiative to Address the Inappropriate Use of Restraint and Seclusion to Protect Children with Disabilities, Ensure Compliance with Federal Laws

3 months ago
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that the U.S. Department of Education will launch an initiative to address the possible inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion in our nation’s schools. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR), in partnership with the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), will oversee this proactive approach which will protect students with disabilities by providing technical assistance and support to schools, districts, and state education agencies, and strengthen enforcement activities.

U.S. Department of Education Issues Final Audit Determination for WGU

3 months ago
Today, the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid (FSA) office determined Western Governors University (WGU) is indeed eligible to participate in federal student aid programs. In making its final determination, FSA reviewed carefully the Department’s Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) report, examined WGU’s records regarding interactions between students and academic staff during the year audited, and also reviewed the favorable findings of WGU’s accrediting agency regarding the institution’s academic model.
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