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Federal Commission on School Safety Releases Comprehensive Resource Guide for Keeping Students, Teachers Safe at School

Department of Education - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 07:11
WASHINGTON—After months of research, visiting successful programs around the nation, and receiving testimony from experts and concerned citizens, today the Federal Commission on School Safety (Commission) released a 177-page report detailing 93 best practices and policy recommendations for improving safety at schools across the country.

Department of Education Hosts Rethink CTE Summit to Identify Opportunities for Expanding CTE Access and Impact through Perkins V

Department of Education - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 09:56
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical and Adult Education Scott Stump and more than 100 stakeholders met today at the Department of Education to collaborate on ways to rethink Career and Technical Education. The Rethink CTE Summit expanded on the Department’s Rethink Education initiative and served as an implementation launch of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V).

#RethinkSchool: Alaska Magnet School Provides Career Readiness in District the Size of Indiana

Department of Education - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 17:59
Paul Bartos knew about education in rural America after serving as a 7th grade biology teacher, assistant principal and a principal in Poplar and White Sulphur Springs, Montana.

#RethinkSchool: Struggling Student Discovers Path through Colorado Apprenticeship Program

Department of Education - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 16:53
Sierra didn’t always dream of working in the insurance business. In fact, until recently, she didn’t even know if she’d finish high school. But with the help of a caring counselor, a local business and an innovative state effort, Sierra is now thriving in her new role as a full-time employee at Pinnacol Assurance. Her journey from struggling student to working professional began when Sierra’s counselor approached her with a new opportunity through CareerWise, a Colorado nonprofit that helps businesses recruit talent through paid apprenticeships that begin in high school.

How Computer Science Encourages Girls to Pursue STEM Careers

Department of Education - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 18:31
Five years ago, I sat in front of my computer with my 7-year-old daughter and completed the Hour of Code. She absolutely loved the idea of typing something and seeing animation as a result. This was the first time she was exposed to computer science and coding.

Secretary DeVos Mourns the Loss of President George H.W. Bush

Department of Education - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 10:59
Washington, D.C.— U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement on the passing of former President George H.W. Bush: "My heart and prayers are with the Bush family at this time of great loss. George H.W. Bush's gentle approach called us to the greater good, and his strong example over the years inspired many, me among them, to enter public service.

#RethinkSchool: iLEAD Academy Students Take the Lead in Northern Kentucky

Department of Education - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 14:23
“Strangely, I’ve started a school, and I am not an educator,” said Alicia Sells, founder of iLEAD Academy, a STEM high school in northern Kentucky. Sells’ background is in public policy. She noticed that neighboring Kentucky school districts of Gallatin, Carroll, Henry, Owen and Trimble did not offer a dedicated STEM program and, as a result, many students’ needs were not met in their preparation for the workplace.

The 5 Most Helpful Federal Student Aid Blog Posts

Department of Education - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 17:32
Not attending the FSA conference this week? Learn from home using these resources. With Federal Student Aid’s (FSA) Annual Conference in full swing in Atlanta, we understand that not everyone is able to attend and learn from financial aid experts. However, you don’t have to be a financial aid professional to become a FAFSA expert. Here are the Top 5 FSA blog posts to help students and parents become FAFSA ‘pros’:

Prepared Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to Federal Student Aid’s Training Conference

Department of Education - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 08:26
ATLANTA — I'm pleased to be back at this conference with all of you who work so hard to educate, support, and serve students. The role you play in their lives is essential. You are there for them as they take steps on their lifelong learning journeys. They might not always say it, but I will: your impact on students is significant. So, let me take this opportunity to thank you.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Warns of Looming Crisis in Higher Education

Department of Education - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 07:06
ATLANTA—U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos raised a red warning flag today for America's students and taxpayers regarding what she called, "a crisis in higher education." In remarks she delivered at the annual Federal Student Aid (FSA) Training Conference in Atlanta, Secretary DeVos called America's higher education system "the envy of the world" but warned that if significant policy changes aren't made to the way student aid is distributed, administered and managed, "the program on which so many students rely will be in serious jeopardy."

ED’s Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives Hosts Opioid Prevention Listening Session

Department of Education - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 19:07
In 2016 alone, 42, 249 Americans died of opioid overdoses.  President Donald J. Trump declared the nation’s opioid crisis a public health emergency in October 2017 as the crisis continued to persist.  More than 300,000 Americans have died from overdose since 2000 and this public health emergency has had a profound effect on students and families.  Opioid addiction and overdose has been coined the “crisis next door” as it plagues American communities from cities to suburbs and rural areas.  On October 2, 2018, the U.S.

U.S. Department of Education Builds on Efforts to Improve Services for Students, Increase Effectiveness and Fairness of Office for Civil Rights Investigations

Department of Education - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 08:08
“Our top priority in the Office for Civil Rights is ensuring all students have equal access to education free from discrimination,” said Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Kenneth L. Marcus.

Rural Opioid Federal Interagency Working Group Releases Rural Resource Guide

Department of Education - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 16:04
The Rural Opioid Federal Interagency Working Group recently released a Rural Resource Guide to help rural communities address the opioid epidemic.

Sustainable School Successes in the “Show-Me” State

Department of Education - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 15:53
Imagine asking a group of urban students how they upcycle. I assumed I would get answers such as, ‘We keep scrap paper and use it for other projects’ or ’We reuse cardboard paper towel inserts for various projects in our classes’. However, after participating in this year’s “Living School Grounds” 2018 Green Strides Tour in St. Louis, Missouri and seeing the innovative efforts of nine unique schools, I have a new understanding of what it means to be green.

Secretary DeVos: Proposed Title IX Rule Provides Clarity for Schools, Support for Survivors, and Due Process Rights for All

Department of Education - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 09:28
WASHINGTON — Continuing its efforts to ensure equal access to education free from discrimination, today the U.S. Department of Education released its proposal on improving schools' responses to sexual harassment and assault.

#RethinkSchool: Military Family Finds Homeschooling to be Just the Right Fit

Department of Education - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 14:46
When asked to share their thoughts on the benefits of school choice and their homeschool experience, this military family did what they do every da

National Apprenticeship Week: The Time to Rethink Apprenticeships is Now

Department of Education - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 15:28
In June of 2017, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order titled, “Expanding Apprenticeships in America.” This order called for the creation of a special Task Force to identify strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships in the United States. To meet this challenge, Department of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta brought together representatives from companies, labor unions, trade associations, educational institutions and public agencies.

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