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Signing Day: Every Team’s Most Important Recruit

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 12:12
As spring approaches, thousands of coaches and athletes from around the country get ready for National Signing Day, a day where press conferences are scheduled, coaches’ phones ring off the hook, and star recruits ceremoniously sport the hats of their chosen colleges. For star athletes, it is the day they begin their trek toward what Continue Reading

Apprenticeship – An Unexpected Choice Becomes the Path to Success

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 11:21
Everyone assumed Kevin King would graduate and head straight to college. “I was your stereotypical AP student,” he notes. “Straight A’s through middle school, almost straight A’s through high school … I was the guy you would look at and say, ‘He’s going to college.’ It was just a matter of which one.” As it Continue Reading

4 Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Your Teacher

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 12:45
Teacher Appreciation Week is here! As a former teacher and in my current role engaging with teachers across Tennessee, I love that we celebrate and recognize our teachers. In case you’re stumped for ways to meaningfully show your appreciation for the teachers in your life, here are a few suggestions…and most won’t cost you a Continue Reading

Why I Stay: 3 Reasons Why I Continue to Lead from the Classroom

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 16:08
I’ve always known that my purpose in life was to teach. With eleven years on the job, I still get interesting feedback around my choice to stay in the classroom. “The job has no money or glory in it,” I was once told. Well, that’s not why I entered the field or why I choose Continue Reading

The Most Meaningful Way to Celebrate Your Teacher

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 13:47
In classrooms all across America, long hours of curriculum are taught, thousands of papers are graded each day, yet teachers still find the time to constantly brainstorm strategies to support their diverse student population. They stay up late answering emails and stay after class to help a struggling student. On any given day, a teacher Continue Reading

161 Students from Across the Country Named 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 08:27
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the 55th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields.

Prepared Remarks by Secretary DeVos at the Education Writers Association 72nd National Seminar

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 09:31
Thank you for that introduction, and thank you for hosting me today. Education is an issue I tend to think a lot about—and have for many years. I’ve followed your reporting and I appreciate all that you do as journalists. The simple truth is: I never imagined I’d be a focus of your coverage. I don’t enjoy the publicity that comes with my position. I don’t love being up on stage or on any kind of platform. I’m an introvert.

Prepared Remarks by Secretary DeVos at the Manhattan Institute's 19th annual Alexander Hamilton Award Dinner

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 17:40
Thank you, Roger Hertog, for that kind introduction. And I'm very grateful for President Bush's kind words. I'm also thankful to be joined by my husband, Dick, daughter Andrea, son-in-law Michael, and my mom Elsa and her husband Ren. Let me start by thanking the Manhattan Institute for this award. Although, I must admit I'm not sure what I've done to deserve such an honor.

The Value of Financial Literacy and Self-Advocacy

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 14:23
In my senior year of high school, as college decisions were released, opening the financial aid award letters was scarier than the decisions themselves: the final number, or net cost, could make or break my ability to attend university. To confuse matters, without an understanding of financial aid terms, award letters can be hard to Continue Reading

Prepared Remarks by Secretary DeVos at the National Teacher of the Year Ceremony

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 12:04
Welcome to the White House. I'm grateful for the members of the Council of Chief State School Officers and their work on behalf of students. I enjoyed our conversation earlier this month and look forward to continuing to work with you on ways we can ensure every student in America has access to a great education. And I'm always so pleased to be with teachers, especially all of you here today—the best of the best! Congratulations and thank you for all that you do for your students. Teachers do a lot. Some of which is visible, but much of which goes unseen.

“Workforce Development for All”- ED Take Your Child to Work Day

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 11:51
Rethinking education for the 21st century means recognizing that learning can happen anytime, anywhere – far beyond the boundaries of the school day or a brick and mortar building. Secretary DeVos has challenged the nation to question everything, to ensure that nothing limits students from being prepared for what comes next. Here at the Department Continue Reading

Redesigning the Financial Aid Offer Letter at the University of Pennsylvania

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 14:28
Every year, incoming and current college students have to file a FAFSA in order to determine their potential and continued eligibility for federal financial aid. Students may also have to file institution-based financial aid applications every year, along with institution-based or outside scholarships. Offer letters are key tools used by colleges and universities to notify

Keeping the Cost of College Down

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 16:53
Between the high costs of tuition, living expenses, meal plans and textbooks, it is easy to see why college students are increasingly stressed about their finances. A 2015 survey  found that around 70% of college students feel stressed about their personal finances in general. As a current student at UCLA, I too have felt the financial Continue Reading

3 Ways Education Freedom Scholarships Could Support Military Families

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:35
April is “The Month of the Military Child,” and serves as a reminder that military children serve our country alongside their parents and face challenges that most other students don’t think about, let alone experience themselves. Each military child deserves the chance to flourish in an education environment that best leverages their unique learning style

Kentucky School District Awarded Additional Funds to Support Recovery Efforts Following Tragic School Shooting Last Year

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:39
Benton, Kentucky – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, alongside Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, announced today that Marshall County School District (MCSD) in Kentucky has been awarded a second Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant totaling $460,064. This grant will assist MCSD in its continued recovery efforts following the Jan. 23, 2018, shooting that took the lives of two students and injured 14 others.

U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Touts Education Freedom Scholarships, Encourages Kentucky Leaders to Further Embrace School Choice at Roundtable Discussion

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:21
Lexington, Kentucky—Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos joined Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis for a conversation on education freedom and the importance of giving every student in Kentucky the opportunity to access the education option that works best for them.

5 Things to Know When Evaluating a Financial Aid Offer

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 14:10
April is National Financial Capability Month and understanding the terms of your financial aid offer and making smart decisions about paying for college can be a good indicator of your financial capability. Many schools use the term “award letter” which can be misleading and make it sound like all the aid that is listed will Continue Reading

Prepared Remarks by Secretary DeVos at Butler Tech's Manufacturing Recognition & Signing Day

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 06:02
Thank you, Jon Graft, for that kind introduction and for your hospitality. I enjoyed visiting with you in Washington and continue to be impressed with the ways Butler Tech is rethinking education—among them the new "Fifth Day Experience." And students, I'm so pleased to join you for "Signing Day!" What an exciting and fitting way to recognize what you've accomplished. What you're doing here today is as important and notable as any other signing day. You've made your families and all of us proud. And your achievements go far beyond a fancy diploma.

Answering your Frequently Asked Questions about Second Chance Pell

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 11:38
This April, in recognition of Second Chance Month, we’re answering the most frequently asked questions about Second Chance Pell. What is Second Chance Pell? In 2016, the U.S. Department of Education created the Second Chance Pell (SCP) Experimental Sites Initiative to provide need-based Pell grants to those in state and federal prisons. This initiative examines

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