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U.S. Department of Education Acts on School Safety Report Recommendation to Improve Understanding of Student Privacy Law

Department of Education - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 09:47
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Education today released a comprehensive set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on schools’ and districts’ responsibilities under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in the context of school safety.

5 Ways Agricultural Education and FFA Shape Students’ Futures

Department of Education - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 11:53
Agricultural education and FFA have long been essential parts of our nation’s career and technical education system. It’s only fitting during National CTE Month to celebrate how FFA and agricultural education play a crucial role in defining a student’s path toward new and significant achievements. One of the best lenses to look through to see Continue Reading

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos: President Right to Call for Expanded Education Freedom

Department of Education - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 19:38
In tonight's State of the Union Address, President Donald J. Trump reaffirmed his commitment to expanding education freedom and empowering every student with opportunities to learn where and how works best. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement on the President's remarks:

Career Pathways, Post-Secondary Options…Call on the Experts

Department of Education - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 12:27
We call in the experts when we need brake service on our car, electrical work in our home, or tax planning for our future. The experts who our students can turn to about career pathways and post-secondary options are in our schools, poised to guide, advocate for, and support students on their journey. They are Continue Reading

How to Deduct Student Loan Interest on your Taxes (1098-E)

Department of Education - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 16:39
Student loans, interest payments, and taxes: three things that have scared many people for years now. Read on to learn how these things can benefit you. If you made federal student loan payments in 2018, you may be eligible to deduct a portion of the interest paid on your 2018 federal tax return. This is Continue Reading

3 Ways to Spot a Scam

Department of Education - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 16:19
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

Department of Education - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 08:03
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

Department of Education - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 11:36
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

Department of Education - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 06:01
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.

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

Department of Education - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 07:56
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.

Federal Employees: How to manage your student loans during the government shutdown

Department of Education - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 17:13
Are you a federal employee impacted by the partial government shutdown? Here are some options to manage your student loans while you are furloughed or not receiving pay.

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

Department of Education - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 15:19
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.

The U.S. Department of Education Announces New Hires

Department of Education - Tue, 01/08/2019 - 11:44
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education today announces the following new hires:

Prepared Remarks by Secretary DeVos to the American Council on Education

Department of Education - Wed, 12/19/2018 - 07:05
Thank you, Ted Mitchell, for that kind introduction and for hosting Diane Jones and me this morning. I'm really looking forward to our conversation, but before we begin, I want to make one thing clear: I believe American higher education is the envy of the world. Thank you for the contributions you have each made to make it so. But in order to keep it that way, there are a few challenges to address. Like all of education, higher education is due for a rethink.

10 Fun Ways to Encourage Learning this Winter Break

Department of Education - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 17:49
With the holidays quickly approaching, winter break is a time of celebration and relaxation. While the time away from school provides a well-deserved break for your student(s), it also provides the opportunity for significant learning loss. Keeping your student(s) learning this holiday season can be fun and easy while ensuring they return to school both revitalized and ready for a new year of learning. Here are 10 fun ways to prevent learning loss this winter break:

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