March 27, 2013
The U.S. Department of Education announced the start of the $150 million 2013 Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition today with the release of the program's invitation for pre-applications for the i3 "Development" grant category and the notice of final priorities for the i3 program overall.
March 26, 2013Department of Education Statement on Request for Flexibility from California's Core District Consortium
Our strong preference and focus in the ESEA flexibility process remains on working with states, including California, if it decides to seek ESEA flexibility for the upcoming school year.
While California does not currently have an ESEA flexibility application under review, we have received a waiver request from CORE, a unique consortium of California districts.
March 26, 2013
Students who are graduating this spring are now able to take advantage of new tools that can help them better understand their loan debt and stay on track in repayment. The U.S. Department of Education has launched two key features on its StudentLoans.gov website: a Complete Counseling Web page and a new Repayment Estimator that lets borrowers compare what their monthly payment amounts would likely be across all seven repayment plan options.
March 19, 2013Education Department Releases Guidance on Providing Title IV Eligibility for Competency-Based Learned Programs
Today the U.S. Department of Education issued guidance for higher education institutions that offer competency-based programs in which students learn at their own pace – but that currently do not offer federal student aid. The Department is reminding institutions that they may be eligible to provide title IV funds under the direct assessment provision of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and it has provided step-by-step instructions on how to apply.
March 18, 2013U.S. Department of Education Announces 10 States Will Receive Funding to Turn Around Their Lowest-Performing Schools
Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that 10 states will receive funding to turn around their persistently lowest-achieving schools through the Department's School Improvement Grant (SIG) program. Four of the states will receive awards to run a new competition for previously unfunded schools, and six states will receive continuation funds for the third year of implementing a SIG model.
March 11, 2013U.S. Department of Education Announces 11 States Will Receive Funding to Continue Efforts to Turn Around Their Lowest-Performing Schools
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that 11 states will receive funding to continue efforts to turn around their persistently lowest achieving schools through the Department's School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.
March 8, 2013Civil Rights Agreement Reached with South Carolina Technical College System on Accessibility of Websites to People with Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with the South Carolina Technical College System (SCTCS), the state's largest higher education system, that will ensure that the websites of SCTCS and its 16-member colleges are accessible to persons with disabilities.
March 7, 2013U.S. Department of Education Announces New Executive Director of White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has announced the appointment of David J. Johns as executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans.
March 7, 2013U.S. Department of Education Awards More than $35,000 to Help Baltimore County's Perry Hall High School and Community Recover from School Shooting
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students has awarded Perry Hall High School in Baltimore County, Md., a Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant, totaling more than $35,000, to assist with ongoing recovery efforts following a school shooting in August—on the first day of school.
March 5, 2013Education Department Releases New School-Level Graduation Rate Data to Better Inform Parents, District Leaders
Today the U.S. Department of Education released provisional school-level graduation rates for 2010-11 – the first school year for which all states used a common, rigorous measure for reporting high school graduates. The data release furthers the Department's efforts to provide transparent information to parents and students about their schools and ensure all schools are preparing students for college and careers.
March 1, 2013
Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced it has received requests from Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming for flexibility from No Child Left Behind 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.