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U.S. Department of Education Issues Findings in Texas Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Monitoring

Department of Education - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 08:14
Washington—The U.S. Department of Education (Department) released today the findings of monitoring activities relating to Texas Education Agency's (TEA) compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This comes after the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the Department initiated monitoring following reports about the significant decline in the number of children identified as children with disabilities eligible for special education and related services in Texas.

“The Spirit is There”

Department of Education - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 17:32
“When can I go back to school?” When that experience is disrupted, getting back to school can mean everything to students. And the adults who care for them — parents, educators and civic leaders — feel a special urgency.

Secretary DeVos Approves Minnesota and West Virginia’s State ESSA Plans

Department of Education - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 14:28
WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the approval of Minnesota and West Virginia's consolidated state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). “States continue to embrace the flexibility and power given to them under ESSA,” said Secretary DeVos. “I am pleased to approve these plans, which comply with the requirements of the law. I look forward to seeing how the states turn ideas into action to improve outcomes for all students."

ED’s School Ambassador Fellows Connect with #FellowsAtED Twitter Chats

Department of Education - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 17:59
It took me a while to feel comfortable with Twitter. I opened a personal account years ago, but I just didn’t see what all the buzz was about.

Coding and Collaboration with a Buddy System

Department of Education - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 12:54
For several years our kindergarten and third grade students were accustomed to pairing up as reading buddies to improve their literacy skills through a mentee/men

Improved Borrower Defense Discharge Process Will Aid Defrauded Borrowers, Protect Taxpayers

Department of Education - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 11:08
WASHINGTON – After careful review to ensure a fair and efficient process, the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) today unveiled an improved discharge process for borrower defense to repayment (BDR) claims.

Public Comment Sought for Report on Obtaining Input from Rural Schools and Local Educational Agencies

Department of Education - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 19:36
SUMMARY:  In accordance with section 5005 of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Secretary seeks information from the public regarding actions the Department of Education (Department) can take to improve how it considers the unique needs of rural schools and local educational agencies (LEAs) as it develops and implements its policies and programs.  The Secretary intends to use this information in issuing a final report, required under section 5005, describing the actions it will take to increase the consideration and participation of rural schools and LEAs in the development and exec

Winter Commencement at University of Baltimore

Department of Education - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 11:17
Thank you, President Schmoke, for that kind introduction. I have admired your work from afar. Your commitment to this city is admirable, and your record of working for your community is impressive. We all can learn from your efforts to make Baltimore "the City that Reads" and from your work to empower parents, particularly those parents of inner-city students. Thank you, President Schmoke, for your clear and courageous leadership.

U.S. Department of Education Releases Additional Funding to Support Schools and Students Impacted by Hurricanes

Department of Education - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:12
Washington — Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced $10.4 million in additional funds to assist students at more than 900 schools affected by the recent natural disasters. The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program funds will be distributed to schools located in Federal Emergency Management Agency-declared major disaster areas impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as schools across the nation that have enrolled a significant number of students from the impacted areas.

Secretary DeVos Announces Rethink School Summits to Highlight Innovation in K-12, Higher Ed

Department of Education - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 06:36
Washington — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the Department will host two Rethink School Summits in the coming weeks—the first focused on higher education and the second on K-12. These summits will bring together education leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs from around the country who are demonstrating student-centric models can improve student achievement.

Department Issues New Q&A on Free Appropriate Public Education following Supreme Court Decision

Department of Education - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 08:16
Washington — The U.S. Department of Education today released a question-and-answer document supporting the unanimous March 2017 U.S. Supreme Court opinion on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)-related case Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District clarifying the scope of a free appropriate public education (FAPE).

Prepared Remarks from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to Foundation for Excellence in Education National Summit on Education Reform

Department of Education - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:16
Nashville, Tennessee - Thank you, Denisha for that very kind introduction. I am so glad Denisha has joined our team at the U.S. Department of Education. Even though she's no longer a child, it's kids like Denisha who keep me focused. They are who I fight for every day, the driving force behind all we do.

Secretary DeVos Praises Senate Action on FAFSA Simplification

Department of Education - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 05:47
Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension committee held a hearing on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act (HEA) and proposals to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The following is a statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos: “Washington has been talking about simplifying the FAFSA for years, but now is the time for action. Students and schools have demanded and truly deserve a better, simpler process.

U.S. Department of Education Announces Vision to Transform Federal Student Aid, Improve Customer Service

Department of Education - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 04:51
Today, the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) took an important next step in fulfilling the promise of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to transform the delivery of financial aid to millions of students and their families.

Secretary DeVos Approves Michigan's State ESSA Plan

Department of Education - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 16:03
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the approval of Michigan's consolidated state plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). "Michigan's plan meets the statutory requirements. As such, I have approved it," said Secretary DeVos. "I thank the U.S. Department and Michigan Department of Education for their hard work in ensuring the plan complied with the law."

Prepared Remarks from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to Federal Student Aid's Training Conference for Financial Aid Professionals

Department of Education - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 06:43
Thank you, Wayne, for that kind introduction. And thank you for the leadership and vision you are bringing to the office of Federal Student Aid. It’s a delight to be with folks who work directly with and for students. Counseling students as they pursue their dreams is really at the core of your work. And what an incredible opportunity you have to guide them in those pursuits.

Proud to Serve Again

Department of Education - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 17:05
Each year our school hosts a Veterans Day assembly and breakfast.