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Secretary DeVos Announces Student-Centered Grant Awards to Spur Worker Development, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Growth During Coronavirus Recovery

Fri, 25 Sep 2020 12:07:46 EDT
HAMPTON, Va. — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today more than $126 million in new grant funding will be awarded to eight states to provide students the opportunity to develop new skills in high demand areas. The recipients will leverage the expertise and facilities available on college campuses to spur entrepreneurship and foster business development and innovation as America begins to recover from COVID-19-related disruptions to education.

Readout of the U.S. Department of Education’s Virtual Panel on Successful Strategies to Reopen Schools This Fall

Thu, 24 Sep 2020 14:49:15 EDT
WASHINGTON –U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education Frank Brogan hosted a geographically diverse group of education practitioners to discuss successful strategies and innovative ideas they have implemented to reopen schools, rethink education and improve student outcomes during the Coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Secretary of Education Announces 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools

Thu, 24 Sep 2020 13:20:57 EDT
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today recognized 367 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2020. The recognition is based on a school's overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. "Congratulations to this year's National Blue Ribbon School awardees," said Secretary DeVos. "It's a privilege to recognize the extraordinary work you do to meet students' needs and prepare them for successful careers and meaningful lives."

U.S. Department of Education Launches Rethink Adult Ed Challenge to Grow Pre-Apprenticeship Opportunities for Life-long Learners

Thu, 24 Sep 2020 10:24:07 EDT
WASHINGTON – In recognition of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the Rethink Adult Ed Challenge that will expand career opportunities for adult learners through pre-apprenticeship programs. These important educational opportunities help to ensure students seeking apprenticeships are prepared with the skills they need for success. 

Secretary DeVos Announces Student-Centered Grant Awards to Expand Personalized Learning through Course Access, Student-Centered Funding

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 11:48:06 EDT
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced new funding for two grant programs focused on meeting students' unique learning needs and improving student outcomes.

Secretary DeVos Launches New Web Tool to Help Parents, Educators Easily Access School Spending Data

Wed, 16 Sep 2020 12:40:09 EDT
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos launched a new user-friendly website today that clearly shows how much money each school spends per student.  The tool will radically increase transparency as parents and local leaders seek to understand funding levels and differences between schools. States are required by the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to provide this funding information called Per Pupil Expenditure (PPE). Unfortunately, each state provides the information in different ways and places—some more transparently than others.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Delivers on Promise to Protect Free Inquiry and Religious Liberty

Wed, 09 Sep 2020 11:05:51 EDT
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos delivered on her promise to protect free inquiry and religious liberty on campus by publishing the Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability at Colleges and Universities final rule. The new rule will ensure that public institutions of higher education uphold fundamental rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S.

Secretary DeVos Congratulates 2020 President's Education Awards Program Recipients

Thu, 27 Aug 2020 10:51:59 EDT
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today congratulated the 2020 President's Education Awards Program (PEAP) recipients, recognizing nearly 1.75 million elementary, middle, and high school graduates on their educational accomplishments. The students come from more than 18,750 public, private, and military schools from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and American military bases abroad.

Secretary DeVos Issues New Distance Learning Regulations to Spur High-Quality Distance and Competency-Based Programs, Better Serve Diverse Population of Higher Education Students

Mon, 24 Aug 2020 14:52:00 EDT
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued final rules today that govern distance learning in higher education and promote educational innovation to better serve the needs of an increasingly diverse population of students.

Secretary DeVos Fully Implements President Trump's Presidential Memorandum Extending Student Loan Relief to Borrowers Through End of Year

Fri, 21 Aug 2020 15:43:00 EDT
WASHINGTON – Acting on President Trump's Presidential Memorandum signed August 8, 2020, Secretary DeVos directed Federal Student Aid (FSA) to extend the student loan relief to borrowers initiated in March 2020 through December 31, 2020.

Secretary DeVos Launches Grant Program to Promote Institutional Resiliency and Expand Educational Opportunity for Students

Wed, 19 Aug 2020 16:09:45 EDT
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today a new grant program designed to help institutions of higher education emerge from the coronavirus pandemic more resilient and better able to expand educational opportunities for students. 

U.S. Department of Education Launches Space Mission Challenge for High School Students

Tue, 18 Aug 2020 09:59:14 EDT
WASHINGTON — Building on the Administration-wide commitment to expand student interest in the booming science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, the U.S. Department of Education today launched CTE Mission: CubeSat, a national challenge to inspire students to build technical skills for careers in space and beyond.

U.S. Department of Education Launches New Title IX Resources for Students, Institutions as Historic New Rule Takes Effect

Fri, 14 Aug 2020 09:52:11 EDT
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos launched new resources to help students and schools understand the protections provided by the Department’s historic regulation on Title IX, as the Rule takes full effect today. The Rule, announced on May 6, 2020, following years of stakeholder input, public comment and careful deliberation, extends many new protections against sexual harassment, and strongly safeguards the rights of all students, including the right to due process.

D.C. Court Denies Attempt by 18 Attorneys General to Block U.S. Department of Education Title IX Rule

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 15:06:52 EDT
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement after the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denied the motion for a preliminary injunction, filed by 17 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia, against the U.S. Department of Education’s new Title IX Rule slated to take effect this Friday, Aug. 14, 2020:

Secretary DeVos Announces Grant Funds to Expand STEM-Focused Education Opportunities for Students at HBCUs, MSIs

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 15:11:19 EDT
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today $3.9 million in new grant awards to 17 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to improve science and engineering education programs for students.