June 7, 2011Department Offers Guidance to Schools on Tuition-Free Trial Periods to Help Students Decide if an Educational Program is Right for Them
The Department of Education continued its commitment to postsecondary schools and students today with an announcement that it is providing institutions with guidance on tuition-free trial periods, which give students the chance to see if a program is right for them before they commit financially.
June 6, 2011U.S. Department of Education and Asia Society Release Report from International Summit on the Teaching Profession, Showcase Lessons from Around the World
The U.S. Department of Education and Asia Society released a report today entitled, “Improving Teacher Quality Around the World: The International Summit on the Teaching Profession,” addressing lessons shared during the two-day event held in New York City in March.
June 3, 2011
A team of leaders from the U.S. Department of Education's Implementation and Support Unit (ISU) travelled to Columbus today for an on-site program review with representatives from Gov. Kasich's office and Ohio's Race to the Top team.
June 3, 2011Readout of Comprehensive Immigration Reform Conference Call with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Washington Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Education Secretary Arne Duncan participated in a conference call today to discuss comprehensive immigration reform with members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The pair made the case for why effective immigration reform is vital to U.S.
June 3, 2011Second Round of i3 Provides $150 Million to Continue Scaling-Up, Validating and Developing Effective Education Innovations
The U.S. Department of Education announced that $150 million will be available for the next round of Investing in Innovation (i3) grants to continue support for evidence-based practices in education. Individual school districts, groups of districts, and nonprofits in partnership with districts or a consortium of schools are invited to apply.
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.