May 24, 2017
Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the Department will read and score applications for the Upward Bound grant program that were deemed ineligible under technical formatting rules issued by the previous Administration. The flexibility to consider these applications was made possible by the 2017 Omnibus spending bill.
May 24, 2017Opening Statement of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member DeLauro and Members of the Subcommittee:
Thank you for this opportunity to testify on behalf of the Administration's budget proposal for fiscal year 2018.
I look forward to talking about how we can work together to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for all students while also refocusing the Federal role in education.
May 24, 2017
James Runcie, Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid, submitted his resignation to the Department last night. His resignation is effective immediately. Matthew Sessa, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of FSA will assume Mr. Runcie’s duties until further notice.
May 23, 2017
Today, the Trump Administration released the Fiscal Year 2018 budget, which lays out a series of proposals and priorities designed to ensure every student has an equal opportunity to receive a high quality education. Through this budget, the President has reaffirmed his commitment to returning decision-making power over education back where it belongs—in the hands of parents, educators and State leaders.
May 22, 2017
Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos delivered keynote remarks to the American Federation for Children's National Policy Summit in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Secretary introduced the principles of the Trump Administration's school choice plan, urging state leaders to invest in individual students and empower parents, while outlining the Administration's intent to support state-based solutions.
Key excerpts from the Secretary's speech:
May 19, 2017U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Releases Amended Federal Student Loan Servicing Solicitation
Today, the U.S. Department of Education formally amended Phase II of the federal student loan servicing solicitation. The amendment maintains superior customer service and key borrower protections while ensuring the project stays on budget, saving taxpayers more than $130 million over the next five years. The amendment further clarifies the Department's expectations of the eventual servicer and formally lists all requirements in the solicitation.
May 12, 2017U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Announces All Spring State ESSA Plan Submissions Complete, Ready for Peer Review
Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that all state plans submitted for the spring deadline by 16 states and the District of Columbia under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) were found to be complete and ready for peer review.
May 10, 2017Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos following Bethune-Cookman University Commencement Ceremony
After today's commencement ceremony at Bethune-Cookman University, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued the following statement:
"I was grateful for the opportunity to speak with and honor the graduates of Bethune-Cookman University and show my deep respect for the important legacy of Dr. Bethune. Her life's work was to help all students succeed, and it was clear today that she succeeded beyond comparison.
May 10, 2017Prepared Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to Bethune-Cookman University’s 2017 Spring Commencement
Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos delivered her first commencement address as Secretary to Bethune-Cookman University’s class of 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Secretary was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa by B-CU president Dr. Edison O. Jackson.
May 9, 2017
May 8, 2017
Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement:
"I am a strong supporter of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the critical role they play in communities and in our higher education system.
"I am happy to see the president reaffirmed this Administration’s support for HBCUs. I will continue to be an advocate for them and for programs that make higher education more accessible to all students.
May 5, 2017
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the 53rd class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields.
May 4, 2017
The U.S. Department of Education today released the names of the 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees. Across the country, 45 schools, nine districts, and nine postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.