The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (WHIEEH) will travel through Texas on a back-to-school outreach tour from Wednesday, Sept. 4, to Friday, Sept.6, 2013.
States Granted Waivers From No Child Left Behind Allowed to Reapply for Renewal for 2014 and 2015 School Years
As students and educators go back to school across the country, and as Congress continues to debate how to fix the law commonly known as No Child Left Behind, the U.S.
U.S. Education Department Announces More than $20 Million Awarded for School Facility Repair and Modernization through Impact Aid Program
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today that more than $20 million in grants under the Impact Aid Discretionary Construction Program will be awarded to eight school districts in Alaska, Arizona, California, Montana, South Dakota and Washington.
Today the Obama Administration released the final application for the second Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) competition, which will provide approximately $280 million in state-level competitive grants to improve the quality of early learning and development programs and close educati
More than $28 Million in Grants Awarded to 42 States to Cover Fees Charged to Low-Income Students for Taking AP Tests
The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of more than $28.8 million in grants to 42 states to cover a portion of the fees charged to low-income students for taking advanced placement (AP) tests.
U.S. Department of Education Announces New Hampshire, Hawaii, and Idaho Receive $5.2 Million to Continue Efforts to Turn Around Lowest-Performing Schools
Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that New Hampshire, Hawaii, and Idaho will receive approximately $5.2 million to continue efforts to turn around their persistently lowest achieving schools through the Department's School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.
Department of Education Proposes to Eliminate "2 Percent Rule" in Assessing Students with Disabilities
Education and Justice Departments Announce New Research Showing Prison Education Reduces Recidivism, Saves Money, Improves Employment
Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced research findings showing that, on average, inmates who participated in correctional education programs had 43 percent lower odds of returning to prison than inmates who did not.
The Obama Administration today approved the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for a waiver 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 findings in the latest NPSAS report confirm the important role of federal financial aid in providing students with the opportunity to pursue higher education. Federal grants and loans help students realize the American dream, opening the door to opportunity for students who would never be able to get a college education without financial support.
Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Tennessee Making Changes to Teacher Licensure Policy
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued the following statement today in support of Tennessee's decision to make changes to its teacher licensure policy:
U.S. Department of Education Announces "Strong Start, Bright Future" Back-to-School Bus Tour with Stops Around the Southwest
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and senior Department officials will visit states throughout the Southwest for "Strong Start, Bright Future," the Department's annual back-to-school bus tour from Monday, Sept. 9, to Friday, Sept. 13. The tour will kick off in New Mexico before heading to Texas, Arizona, and California.
U.S. Department of Education Awards $12.3 Million in Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grants
The U.S. Department of Education awarded $12.3 million to 35 schools districts in 17 states across the country to establish or expand counseling programs. Grantees will use funds to support counseling programs in targeted elementary schools.
The Obama administration today approved the state of Maine for a waiver 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.
President Obama Applauds Community Colleges’ and Universities’ Efforts to Implement 8 Keys to Veterans’ Success
As part of the Obama Administration’s ongoing effort to foster postsecondary educational opportunities and dramatically improve employment outcomes for returning service members, the Department of Education (ED) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today a challenge to education institutions to adopt best practices supporting educational success.
The Obama administration today approved eight California school districts (Fresno Unified, Long Beach Unified, Los Angeles Unified, Oakland Unified, Sacramento City Unified, San Francisco Unified, Sanger Unified, and Santa Ana Unified) for a one year district waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB), in exchange for locally developed plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership. These eight districts submitted a joint request for waivers as part of the California Office to Reform Education (CORE).
Education Secretary Arne Duncan Announces Eight Teachers Selected for 2013-2014 Teacher Ambassador Fellowships
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the names of eight teachers selected to be Teaching Ambassador Fellows for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. Three teachers will serve as full-time employees at Department of Education headquarters in Washington, D.C., while five will remain in their classrooms and participate on a part-time basis.
The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that California, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and Wisconsin will each receive a supplemental award from the 2013 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant fund to improve quality and expand access to early learning programs throughout their states.
Secretary Duncan Names Five Leaders to National Assessment Governing Board, Overseeing the Nation’s Report Card
Five education leaders from around the country—including a state legislator, elementary school principal, testing and measurement expert, and two parent/general public members—have been appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board to serve four-year terms, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today.