March 27, 2014
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.
March 21, 2014
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.
The Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) from the 2011-12 school year was announced by U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at J.O. Wilson Elementary School in Washington, D.C.
March 20, 2014U.S. Department of Education Announces Resolution of South Carolina Virtual Charter Schools Civil Rights Investigation
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.
March 19, 2014
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. These reports capture the highlights and obstacles that the states saw over the course of the 2012-13 school year.
March 18, 2014
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). In its fifth round of competition, the i3 program continues to develop and expand practices that accelerate student achievement and prepare every student to succeed in college and in their careers.
March 14, 2014Obama Administration Takes Action to Protect Americans from Predatory, Poor-Performing Career Colleges
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 employmentor risk losing access to taxpayer-funded federal student aid.
March 13, 2014U.S. Department of Education Announces Awards to 10 States to Continue Efforts to Turn Around Lowest-Performing Schools
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. The following states are receiving awards: Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, Nevada, Oregon and Texas.
March 12, 2014Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on James H. Shelton III being confirmed by the Senate as the Deputy Secretary of Education
"Jim Shelton has dedicated his life to finding new and better ways to level the playing field for every studentno 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."
March 6, 2014Secretary Duncan Appoints Member to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity
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:
March 4, 2014Obama Administration 2015 Budget Prioritizes Key Education Investments to Provide Opportunities for All Americans
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.