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. Accordingly, the Commission will be comprised of department heads whose agencies have jurisdiction over key school safety issues: Secretary DeVos, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen.
Posted on: 23 March 2018 | 2:27 pm
Chairman Cole, Ranking Member DeLauro and Members of the Subcommittee: Thank you for the opportunity to testify on the President’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request for the Department of Education. This budget sharpens and hones the focus of our mission: serving students by meeting their needs. When the Department was created, it was charged to “prohibit federal control of education.” I take that charge seriously. Accordingly, President Trump is committed to reducing the federal footprint in education, and that is reflected in this budget.
Posted on: 20 March 2018 | 11:01 am
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.
Posted on: 19 March 2018 | 11:42 am
Surrounded by farm fields in rural Arkansas, Abby Simmons, Matthew Cook and Darshan Patel, 8th grade students at Armorel High School, completed a community based project that garnered national media attenti
Posted on: 16 March 2018 | 5:15 pm
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. According to education officials in California, the award will specifically help to fund portable classrooms, substitute teachers, mental health services, transportation for displaced students and substitute bus drivers.
Posted on: 16 March 2018 | 11:10 am
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."
Posted on: 14 March 2018 | 4:25 pm
Thank you, Jim, for that kind introduction and for your leadership of this fine organization. I appreciate the opportunity to be with all of you and the chance to get out the Department for a minute – the early signs of spring are promising food for the soul! I know you must appreciate this opportunity to gather and learn from each other, and to return to your communities, your schools, and your homes reenergized and refocused on our main motivation: individual students.
Posted on: 13 March 2018 | 3:39 pm
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.
Posted on: 13 March 2018 | 1:40 pm
Posted on: 12 March 2018 | 9:17 pm
Hello, everyone. It's good to be with all of you in my official capacity as Secretary. Before Governor Bush and I begin our conversation, I first wanted to set the scene for the current state of education in America. Take a moment to think about how much of life has changed in the last 50 years – phones, shopping, transportation… all radically different than before. Yet there's one glaring exception: the classroom. There hasn't been much change in education between my own experience in grade school and that of kids today.
Posted on: 12 March 2018 | 10:01 am
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.”
Posted on: 9 March 2018 | 10:51 am
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. Secretary DeVos continued to the guidance office to talk with school counselors followed by the Media Center to greet support staff who have been temporarily working at Stoneman Douglas to help faculty and students upon their arrival back at school.
Posted on: 7 March 2018 | 1:26 pm
Secretary DeVos provided opening remarks for the Rethink Higher Education panel at the SXSW EDU Conference and Festival.
Posted on: 6 March 2018 | 6:29 pm
Thank you, Carey, for that kind introduction. I want to thank each of the Chiefs, and your teams, for everything you do to ensure the students you serve are well-prepared for successful careers and fulfilling lives. And I also want to thank you for your partnership over the past year.
Posted on: 5 March 2018 | 4:52 pm