March 29, 2018
WASHINGTON– U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the approval of Idaho, Mississippi and Rhode Island's consolidated state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
"The state plans met ESSA's requirements, and I am pleased to approve them," said Secretary DeVos. "I look forward to seeing how these states dive deeper into the flexibility afforded by ESSA to innovate on behalf of their students."
March 29, 2018
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement on the 2017 Indicators of School Crime and Safety report:
March 28, 2018
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today convened an organizational meeting of the Federal Commission on School Safety. This was the first meeting among principal members with jurisdiction over school safety issues including Secretary DeVos, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen.
March 28, 2018U.S. Department of Education Announces 2018 Native American and Alaska Native Children in School Program Grant Competition
March 27, 2018
Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos attended Close Up Washington, a non-partisan, non-profit civic education organization that promotes active citizenship to middle and high school students. The Secretary spoke about her path to public life and her three decades of advocating for better options for students. She took questions from an audience of about 300 high school students and 40 teachers during the event.
March 26, 2018
WASHINGTON— U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the approval of Texas’ consolidated state plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
"Texas’ plan met the requirements of the law, therefore I have approved it," said Secretary DeVos. "I look forward to seeing how Texas embraces the flexibility afforded by ESSA to innovate on behalf of the Lone Star State’s students.”
March 23, 2018
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced new details on the Federal Commission on School Safety the President appointed her to chair. The Commission has been charged with quickly providing meaningful and actionable recommendations to keep students safe at school.
March 19, 2018
Today, Secretary DeVos released the application for state educational agencies (SEAs) to apply for initial funding under the Immediate Aid to Restart School Operations (Restart) program.
March 16, 2018
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today new federal assistance for students and schools impacted by the October 2017 California wildfires. The California Department of Education will receive $2 million in Project SERV funds to aid in their recovery efforts.
March 14, 2018
Today U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced full forgiveness of the hurricane relief loans provided to four Historically Black Colleges and Universities after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck the Gulf Coast in 2005.
"This additional disaster relief will lift a huge burden and enable the four HBCUs to continue their focus on serving their students and communities," said DeVos. "This relief provides one more step toward full recovery."
March 13, 2018DeVos Announces Additional Funds to Support Students at Colleges and Universities Impacted by Hurricanes
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the reallocation of $22.9 million in unexpended funds to assist students at colleges and universities located in Federal Emergency Management Agency-declared major disaster areas impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as postsecondary schools across the nation that have enrolled a significant number of students from the affected areas.
March 9, 2018
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that more students who attended Charlotte School of Law can now be eligible for a closed school discharge.
“My focus is and will continue to be on doing what’s right for individual students,” said DeVos. “Several students, through no fault of their own, fell through the cracks as Charlotte School of Law closed. It’s important that they, too, are made whole.”
March 7, 2018
Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos met with students, teachers and administrators at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The Secretary was greeted by Principal Ty Thompson, Assistant Principal Denise Reed and Superintendent Robert Runcie.
March 5, 2018
WASHINGTON – Addressing the nation's chief state school officers, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos delivered some "tough love" regarding progress under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA is the bipartisan education legislation passed by Congress in 2015 that returned power over education back to states.
March 2, 2018
Following the tragic events in Parkland, Florida, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the Department will award Broward County Public Schools a Project School Emergency Response to Violence (Project SERV) grant. The initial $1,000,000 grant will support recovery efforts at schools in the Broward County Public School system following the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead and 14 others injured on February 14, 2018.