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Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Request for IllinoisOpen in a New Window

The Obama administration today approved Illinois for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), in exchange for state-developed plans to prepare all students for college and careers, focus aid on the neediest students and support effective teaching and leadership.

 

U.S. Department of Education Awards More than $33 Million to Local Education Agencies and Community-based Organizations to Develop Physical Education and Nutrition ProgramsOpen in a New Window

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and community-based organizations that plan to implement comprehensive, integrated physical activity and nutrition programs for their students through the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP).

 

U.S. Department of Education Announces Awards to Alabama and California to Continue Efforts to Turn Around Lowest-Performing SchoolsOpen in a New Window

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that Alabama and California will receive more than $64 million to continue efforts to turn around their persistently lowest-achieving schools through new awards from the Department's School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.

 

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on to the California College Tour Bus CrashOpen in a New Window

"Our hearts go out to the families, loved ones, classmates and communities of everyone touched by this tragedy. I can only imagine the excitement of these high school students as they were on their way to visit a college campus, and the pride of the adults who were accompanying them. Our young people are our greatest treasure, and this loss is heartbreaking."

 

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Secretary Kathleen SebeliusOpen in a New Window

“Kathleen Sebelius has been an extraordinary advocate for children and families and a tremendous partner to me as this administration works to ensure that every child gets a high-quality education from cradle to career. No one has worked harder to create opportunities for those who deserve them.

 

U.S. Department of Education Announces Resolution of Hazleton, Pa., Area School District Civil Rights InvestigationOpen in a New Window

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has entered into an agreement with the Hazleton, Pa., Area School District to bring the district into compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for English Language Learner (ELL) students in the district.

 

U.S. Department of Education Announces Resolution of Manchester, N.H., School District Civil Rights InvestigationOpen in a New Window

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights today announced a settlement with New Hampshire’s Manchester School District, School Administrative Unit #37, aimed at providing greater access to college and career preparatory courses for black and Latino students.

 

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Mass Stabbings at Franklin Regional High School in PennsylvaniaOpen in a New Window

"We are saddened by today's stabbings at Franklin Regional High School. Our thoughts go out to the injured students and staff, and their families, the other students and teachers at the school, and the Murrysville community at large. Tragedies that strike communities—whether it's an inner city school or in a suburban school in a quiet town—impact us all.

 

New U.S. Departments of Education and Labor College Consortium to Expand Educational Opportunities for Registered Apprenticeship GraduatesOpen in a New Window

WASHINGTON â€“ The U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the U.S.

 

U.S. Department of Education Announces Awards to Five States to Continue Efforts to Turn Around Lowest-Performing SchoolsOpen in a New Window

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that five states will receive more than $85 million to continue efforts to turn around their persistently lowest-achieving schools through awards from the Department's School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.

 

U.S. Departments of Education and Health & Human Services Announce Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!Open in a New Window

The U.S. Department of Education and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today the launch of Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!, a collaborative effort with federal partners to encourage developmental and behavioral screening for children to support the families and providers who care for them.

 

Expansive Survey of America's Public Schools Reveals Troubling Racial DisparitiesOpen in a New Window

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released today the first comprehensive look at civil rights data from every public school in the country in nearly 15 years.

 

U.S. Department of Education Announces Resolution of South Carolina Virtual Charter Schools Civil Rights InvestigationOpen in a New Window

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has entered into an agreement with South Carolina Charter School District to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1972 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act for students with disabilities in the District.

 

States Continue Progress During Third Year of Race to the TopOpen in a New Window

Today the U.S. Department of Education released the year three Race to the Top state progress reports for the District of Columbia and the 11 states that received grants in the first two rounds of the program: Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Tennessee.

 

U.S. Department of Education Announces Start of 2014 Investing in Innovation (i3) Grant CompetitionOpen in a New Window

The U.S. Department of Education announced the start of the $134 million 2014 Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition on March 14th, 2014 with the release of the program's invitation for pre-applications for the i3 "Development" grants (up to $3,000,000 each).

 

Obama Administration Takes Action to Protect Americans from Predatory, Poor-Performing Career CollegesOpen in a New Window

The Obama Administration announced today new steps to address growing concerns about burdensome student loan debt by requiring career colleges to do a better job of preparing students for gainful employment—or risk losing access to taxpayer-funded federal student aid.

 

U.S. Department of Education Announces Awards to 10 States to Continue Efforts to Turn Around Lowest-Performing SchoolsOpen in a New Window

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that 10 states will receive more than $95 million to continue efforts to turn around their persistently lowest-achieving schools through awards from the Department's School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.

 

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on James H. Shelton III being confirmed by the Senate as the Deputy Secretary of EducationOpen in a New Window

"Jim Shelton has dedicated his life to finding new and better ways to level the playing field for every student—no matter his or her zip code," Duncan said. "He's a champion for children, and a trusted partner and friend. I'm thrilled he's been confirmed as a key member of the Department's leadership team."

 

Secretary Duncan Appoints Member to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and IntegrityOpen in a New Window

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the sixth and final appointment to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). The committee's new member, appointed to a six-year term, is:

 

Obama Administration 2015 Budget Prioritizes Key Education Investments to Provide Opportunities for All AmericansOpen in a New Window

The Obama administration continued to prioritize education in the 2015 budget released today by proposing key investments in education that would create opportunity for every child.

 

U.S. Department of Education Announces Voluntary Resolution of Kentucky’s Christian County Public Schools Discipline InvestigationOpen in a New Window

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has reached an agreement with the Christian County Public Schools in Kentucky to improve the district’s disciplinary system so that all students will receive equitable treatment.

 

U.S. Department of Education and Indianapolis Public Schools Reach Agreement to Provide Equal Access to Interscholastic Athletics for Female StudentsOpen in a New Window

The U.S. Department of Education today announced that its Office for Civil Rights has reached an agreement with the Indianapolis Public Schools in Indiana to ensure that the district provides equal athletic opportunities for girls.

 

Department Releases New Guidance on Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational ServicesOpen in a New Window

The U.S. Department of Education's Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) released new guidance today to help school systems and educators interpret and understand the major laws and best practices protecting student privacy while using online educational services.

 

U.S. Department of Education Announces Awards to Nine States to Continue Efforts to Turn Around Lowest-Performing SchoolsOpen in a New Window

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that nine states will receive more than $71 million to continue efforts to turn around their persistently lowest-achieving schools through awards from the Department's

 

75 Students from 62 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Named 2014 HBCU All-StarsOpen in a New Window

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) today announced its first class of HBCU All-Stars, recognizing 75 undergraduate, graduate and professional students for their accomplishments in academics, leadership and civic engagement.
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