U.S. Department of Education News Feed

Secretary DeVos Unveils Interactive Online Portal to Provide Transparency on Use of CARES Act Education Funding by States, Grantees

Fri, 20 Nov 2020 13:14:24 EST
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today a new online portal that clearly shows if states, local educational agencies (LEAs), and institutions of higher education (IHEs) are using the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act's $31 billion Education Stabilization Fund (ESF) meant to keep learning going for students during the pandemic.

Readout of the Department of Education’s Office for Career Technical and Adult Education ‘Rethink Work Based Learning’ Event with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and U.S. Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia

Wed, 18 Nov 2020 11:56:57 EST
WASHINGTON – Last week, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos convened a diverse group of business, education and workforce leaders at the Department of Education for a “Rethink Work-Based Learning” Event.  Key Administration officials participating in the event included  U.S. Secretary of Labor  Eugene Scalia, Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education Scott Stump, and Johnny C.

U.S. Department of Education Delivers on Trump Administrations STEM Strategy with Historic Investment

Tue, 17 Nov 2020 13:56:29 EST
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education announced today that during the last fiscal year, it has invested $578 million to support high-quality science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education for students through its discretionary and research grants. During a STEM education briefing, the Department reported strong progress in implementing the Administration's five-year STEM education strategy, including building on more than $819 million in STEM investments during fiscal years 2018 and 2019.

Secretary DeVos Opens Nominations for Second Annual Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award

Mon, 09 Nov 2020 15:56:25 EST
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the call for nominations for the Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award, which honors two K-12 educators for excellence in cybersecurity education. Now in its second year, the Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award is presented annually to one elementary educator and one secondary educator who instill in their students skills, knowledge, and passion for cybersecurity.

Secretary DeVos Releases Statement on The Nation's Report Card Results for 12th Graders

Wed, 28 Oct 2020 16:37:25 EDT
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement on the new reading and mathematics results for 12th grade students on The Nation's Report Card:

U.S. Department of Education Releases Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 16:40:39 EDT
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Education today released a new Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide, a resource to help parents and guardians understand how digital tools can provide tailored learning opportunities, engage students with course materials, encourage creative expression, and enrich the educational experience.

U.S. Department of Education Announces Additional Funding For Earn-and-Learn Opportunities to Prepare Postsecondary Students for Career Success

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 16:16:44 EDT
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today additional funding for the Federal Work Study (FWS) Experimental Sites, an initiative which expands earn-and-learn opportunities for students by removing barriers to off-campus jobs, allowing students to work more hours, and permitting institutions to pay students for work-based learning such as apprenticeships, externships, and clinical rotations.

U.S. Department of Education Uncovers Vast Underreporting of Foreign Gifts and Contracts by Higher Education Institutions

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 16:13:49 EDT
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos unveiled a report today detailing the massive failure of many colleges and universities to disclose more than $6.5 billion in funding and resources from foreign sources including China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. Section 117 of the Higher Education Act requires institutions of higher education to transparently report foreign gifts and contracts, yet over the course of the last year, the Department has uncovered billions in unreported financial ties.

Prepared Remarks by Secretary DeVos at Hillsdale College

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 07:14:00 EDT
Thank you, Dr. Arnn, for that kind introduction, for your leadership here, and for your unparalleled commitment to the “diffusion of sound learning.” That line from Hillsdale’s charter is, by itself, a noble charge. Put in the context of your founding, it becomes a higher calling. Your founders believed then—as we still do today—that education is the means by which we secure the God-given blessings of liberty.

10 Principals Named Recipients of 2020 Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 15:16:31 EDT
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today named 10 principals as recipients of the 2020 Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership. The 10 principals were selected from the 2020 cohort of National Blue Ribbon Schools and will be honored during the National Blue Ribbon Schools virtual awards ceremony on Nov. 12, 2020.

U.S. Department of Education Releases 2017-18 Civil Rights Data Collection

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 11:48:30 EDT
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education’s (Department) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today released the 2017-18 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC). This data, which are self-reported by 17,604 public school districts and 97,632 public schools and educational programs, have been collected and published biennially by OCR since 1968.

U.S. Education Secretary Appoints Five Members to Board Overseeing The Nation’s Report Card

Fri, 09 Oct 2020 12:58:03 EDT
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the appointment of five distinguished leaders to the National Assessment Governing Board. This year’s slate includes four new members and one re-appointed member. Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has been reappointed as chair for a second year.

Readout of the White House Conference Call with African American Leaders on School Choice Now with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Senator Tim Scott

Fri, 09 Oct 2020 09:15:00 EDT
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, alongside Sen. Tim Scott and members of the White House Domestic Policy Council, participated in a call with African American leaders this week on the importance of education freedom and how the "School Choice Now Act" could expand educational options and opportunities for African American students.

Secretary DeVos Announces More than $131 Million in New Funding to Create and Expand High-Quality Public Charter Schools

Fri, 02 Oct 2020 15:16:05 EDT
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced more than $131 million in new grant funding to create and expand hundreds of high-quality public charter schools across the country. Recipients of the funding include three statewide charter school associations, five state educational agencies, and more than 10 nonprofit organizations. Today’s announcement will provide relief to the millions of American families currently stuck on long waiting lists hoping to attend a public charter school. 

Department Launches 2021-22 FAFSA Cycle

Thu, 01 Oct 2020 10:55:54 EDT
WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Education released the 2021–22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. This launch comes as the Department continues to provide information, tools, and resources to help students make informed decisions about their education options.