May 2013

May 24, 2013

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Boy Scouts of America's Decision to No Longer Deny Membership to Youth on the Basis of Sexual Orientation

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today issued the following statement on the Boy Scouts of America's decision to no longer deny membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone:

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May 24, 2013

U.S. Education Department Awards $1.3 Million Grant to Newtown, Conn., to Further Support Recovery Efforts

The U.S. Department of Education today announced it is awarding more than $1.3 million to Newtown Public School District to help with ongoing recovery efforts following the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed in December 2012.

May 23, 2013

New Student Loan Resource Available to U.S. Service Members

America's servicemen and servicewomen will now have more information about their federal education loans, special benefits available to them, and their repayment options with the release of a new brochure announced today.

May 22, 2013

Statement from Secretary Duncan on Preventing Student Loan Interest Rates from Doubling on July 1

Our priority is to ensure that Congress doesn't allow federal student loan interest rates to double on July 1.

May 21, 2013

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Tragedy in Oklahoma

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today issued the following statement on the tragic loss of life in Oklahoma:

May 21, 2013

Applications Now Available to Improve Education and Employment Outcomes for Low-Income Children with Disabilities

Today, the U.S. Department of Education published a Notice in the Federal Register inviting applications for a new competitive grant program, Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE).

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May 20, 2013

Obama Administration Approves Three More NCLB Flexibility Requests—37 States and DC Now Approved for Waivers

The Obama administration today approved three more requests for waivers from No Child Left Behind (NCLB), in exchange for state-developed plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership. The approved states include Alaska, Hawaii and West Virginia.

May 20, 2013

U.S. Department of Education Announces Arizona Will Receive $10.4 Million to Continue Efforts to Turn Around Its Lowest-Performing Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that Arizona will receive $10.4 million to continue efforts to turn around its persistently lowest-achieving schools through the Department's School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.

May 9, 2013

Departments of Justice and Education Reach Settlement to Address and Prevent Sexual Assault and Harassment of Students at the University of Montana in Missoula

The Department of Justice and the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights obtained a comprehensive resolution agreement today with the University of Montana-Missoula in Missoula, Mont., to ensure that it responds swiftly and effectively to allegations of sexual assault and harassment by students.

May 9, 2013

U.S. Department of Education Goes "Back to School" as Part of Teacher Appreciation Week

U.S. Department of Education (ED) officials from across the country went "Back to School" today, shadowing teachers across the country.

May 8, 2013

Join the Conversation for Change

Members of the public are invited to participate in an online dialogue to examine the impact of existing federal regulations and legislation on the successful transition from school to work of youth and young adults with disabilities. The U.S.

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May 7, 2013

U.S. Department of Education Hosts Google Hangout with African American Educators

Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. Department of Education hosted a Google Hangout—"Celebrating African American Teachers in the Classroom"—at Howard University in Washington, D.C moderated by Tamron Hall of NBC News.

May 6, 2013

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Recognizing Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6–10, 2013

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued the following statement today, recognizing Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6–10, 2013.

May 6, 2013

141 Students from Across the Country Named 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the 49th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 141 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics or the arts.

May 3, 2013

2013 Investing in Innovation Competition Continues with Invitation for Scale-Up and Validation Applications

Following the launch of the 2013 Investing in Innovation (i3) Development competition earlier this spring, today the U.S. Department of Education announced the start of the competition for the i3 program's Scale-up and Validation categories.

May 1, 2013

U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $48,000 to Help Vermont’s Windham Central Supervisory Union Recover From Teen Suicide

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students has awarded Windham Central Supervisory Union, a regional education service agency, a Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant totaling more than $48,000.