May 2014

May 28, 2014

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the passing of Maya Angelou:

"Maya Angelou was not just a phenomenal writer and artist – she was a teacher and mentor whose words will live on for generations. She once wrote, 'When you learn, teach, when you get, give.' Dr. Angelou certainly lived by that wisdom throughout her amazing life, and the world is a better place because of her."

May 25, 2014

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the shootings near University of California, Santa Barbara

"My thoughts are with the community around the University of California, Santa Barbara, as it mourns the students killed in this senseless tragedy and keeps vigil with those who were injured. Instead of celebrating the end of the semester and the upcoming commencement ceremony, the campus is grieving.

May 15, 2014

U.S. Department of Education Announces $75 Million First in the World Competition

To spur innovation in higher education aimed at helping more students access and complete a college degree or credential, the U.S. Department of Education announced today the availability of $75 million in the First in the World (FITW) program. Click here for the Federal Register notice.

May 14, 2014

Statement of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Strong Start for America’s Children Act Approval by the Senate HELP Committee

“Ensuring that every child has access to high-quality early learning is one of the most important things we can do for the future of our children and families, and our country.

May 14, 2014

U.S. Department of Education Issues Guidance on Obligations of Charter Schools to Comply with Federal Civil Rights Laws

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today released new guidance confirming that the same federal civil rights laws that apply to other public schools apply equally to public charter schools.

May 9, 2014

Statement from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon on Tufts University

"I congratulate Tufts University for taking swift action to cure its breach of its April 17 agreement with OCR, and I look forward to working with President Monaco and the university community to ensure the safety of all students on campus. I thank President Monaco for his leadership in this area, which should significantly benefit students at Tufts."

May 9, 2014

VMI Resolves Sex Discrimination Investigation by U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) entered into a resolution agreement with Virginia Military Institute (VMI) after finding that VMI engaged in sex discrimination in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

May 8, 2014

Statement from U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on the confirmation of Ted Mitchell as Under Secretary

“Ted Mitchell has worked to foster innovation that benefits all students, especially those in underserved communities, in areas ranging from higher education to teacher preparation to education technology. His experience as a college president and administrator, as well as his unwavering commitment to equity for every student, makes him uniquely suited for this role,” said U.S.

May 8, 2014

Secretary Duncan and Attorney General Holder Issue Guidance for School Districts to Ensure Equal Access for All Children to Public Schools, Regardless of Immigration Status

Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder today announced updated guidance to assist public elementary and secondary schools to ensure enrollment processes are consistent with the law and fulfill their obligation to provide all children—no matter their background—equal access to an education.

May 7, 2014

Statement by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on National Assessment of Educational Progress 12th-grade reading and math results

"Despite the highest high school graduation rate in our history, and despite growth in student achievement over time in elementary school and middle school, student achievement at the high school level has been flat in recent years. Just as troubling, achievement gaps among ethnic groups have not narrowed.

May 5, 2014

141 Students from Across the Country Named 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the 50th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 141 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics or the arts.

May 2, 2014

The White House Initiative On Educational Excellence For Hispanics Announces ¡Gradúate! A Financial Aid Guide To Success

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (WHIEEH) has announced the release of "¡Gradúate! A Financial Aid Guide to Success" to help support Hispanic students in their efforts to enroll and afford a postsecondary education.

May 1, 2014

U.S. Department of Education Releases List of Higher Education Institutions with Open Title IX Sexual Violence Investigations

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released today a list of the higher education institutions under investigation for possible violations of federal law over the handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints.