June 1, 2011Obama Administration Announces New Steps to Protect Students from Ineffective Career College Programs
Today, the Obama Administration released final regulations requiring career college programs to better prepare students for "gainful employment" or risk losing access to Federal student aid.
May 31, 2011
The U.S. Department of Education is continuing its commitment to helping students and protecting taxpayer dollars with an announcement today that it is accepting proposals from guaranty agencies that participate in the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program to enter into Voluntary Flexible Agreements (VFAs) with the Secretary.
May 27, 2011U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Swears in Presidential Advisory Commission Members Tasked with Helping America Out-Educate the Rest of the World
WASHINGTON – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the Court's first Hispanic justice, swore in more than a dozen newly appointed members of the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics at an official ceremony held last night at the Smithsonian Institution Castle.
May 26, 2011
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that five states will receive funding to turn around their persistently lowest achieving schools through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.
The funds are part of $546 million available to states for the SIG program in fiscal year 2010. In fiscal year 2009, states received a total of $3.5 billion for the SIG program.
May 26, 2011Department of Education Issues Guidance on Rights of Students With Disabilities When Educational Institutions Use Technology
Today, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance through Dear Colleague Letters to elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education along with a Frequently Asked Questions document on the legal obligation to provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity to enjoy the benefits of technology.
May 26, 2011President Obama Announces Members of the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama announced his appointment of the following individuals to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics:
Alicia Abella, Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
May 25, 2011U.S. Department of Education Announces $200 Million to Continue State-Led Reforms Under Race to the Top
The U.S. Department of Education announced today that nine finalist states that did not win grants in the first two rounds of Race to the Top (RTT) will be eligible to compete for $200 million in additional funds this year. Applications will be available in the early fall.
May 25, 2011
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced a new $500 million state-level grant competition, the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge.
May 19, 2011U.S. Department of Education Establishes Regional Advisory Committees, First Meeting May 23-24 in Arlington, VA
The U.S. Department of Education has established 10 Regional Advisory Committees to collect information on the educational needs across the country. The first of their meetings will take place Monday-Tuesday, May 23-24, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va.
May 16, 2011Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan On New York Education Reforms and the Selection of John King as State ChiefFollowing is a statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on New York's education reforms and the appointment of John King as state education commissioner.