WASHINGTON —U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the approval of Utah and California’s consolidated state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). "I am pleased to approve Utah and California’s plans, both of which comply with the requirements of the law," said Secretary DeVos. "I look forward to seeing how these states utilize the flexibilities afforded in ESSA to rethink education and to improve outcomes for all students.";

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Superintendent Kirk Koennecke smiles as he recounts how his rural school district’s connection with the Lean Six Sigma business process began, as a

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Recently, student chefs from six cities across the country were at the Department of Education to participate in the Cooking up Change National Finals. These talented students earned their way by winning local competitions in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Orange County and Troy, Alabama. They engaged in a cook-off that saw the team from Orange County win first place and the team from Houston win second.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today a total of approximately $94,500 in new federal assistance for Georgia under the Immediate Aid to Restart School Operations (K-12 Restart) program. The award announced today is the first in a multiphase award process designed to provide prompt initial funding, while offering subsequent opportunities for additional assistance through future applications.

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WASHINGTON —U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the approval of Oklahoma’s consolidated state plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). “I am pleased to approve Oklahoma’s plan, which complies with the requirements of the law,” said Secretary DeVos. “I encourage states to use their plans as a starting point, rather than a finish line, to improve outcomes for all students.”

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WASHINGTON— U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced that the Puerto Rico Department of Education (PRDE) will be the first to pilot new flexibility under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to create a student-centered funding system. The model is designed to equitably allocate local, state and federal resources based on student needs.

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The art exhibit “Total Tolerance,” featuring 2018 YoungArts winners in design, photography, visual arts and writing, recently opened at the U.S. Department of Education (ED). The first YoungArts exhibit at ED, it features a collection of work from 21 student artists and celebrates religious, cultural, gender and racial diversity. The works reflect the artists’ personal views on inequality and social justice and, in some cases, are directly rooted in their lived experiences.

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June is National Safety Month and, with the onset of summer, what better time for tips to help children stay safe and healthy.

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Thank you, Grace, for that introduction. Tim, thank you for putting students at the center of everything you do at SkillsUSA. Governor Bevin, thank you for the warm welcome to Kentucky and to Louisville. I've spent most of my life in the private sector, and I still feel more at home at events like this—with leaders of industry, creative thinkers, and doers — than in the acronym-obsessed halls of Washington, D.C.

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos congratulated Frank Brogan on being confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education. "Frank has spent much of his career tirelessly working on behalf of America’s students,” said Secretary DeVos. “As a former public school teacher and administrator, I know he will be vital to our work here at the Department. I am delighted to finally have him on our team.”

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The U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are pleased to announce that their publication, "Growing Up Drug Free: A Parent's Guide to Prevention," has received a 2018 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award from the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC). The NAGC announced the winners at the Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Reception held during the 2018 NAGC Communications School in Fort Myers, Florida.

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement: “President Trump campaigned and won with his promise to reduce the federal footprint in education and to make the federal government more efficient and effective. Today’s bold reform proposal takes a big step toward fulfilling that promise. Artificial barriers between education and workforce programs have existed for far too long. We must reform our 20th century federal agencies to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

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The opioid crisis has produced broken families, shattered lives and indescribable tragedy throughout the United States. Drug overdoses have claimed more than 300,000 lives since the year 2000 and have become the leading cause of injury death in the country. In 2016, more than two million Americans had an addiction to prescription or illicit opioids. No community is immune to this “crisis next door.”

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Washington — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the Federal Commission on School Safety (FCSS) will meet this week to gain more insight into how entertainment, media, cyberbullying and social media may affect violence and student safety. The meeting, "The Ecology of Schools: Fostering a Culture of Human Flourishing and Developing Character," will take place in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building's Indian Treaty Room, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018. The Commission meeting will consist of three panels:

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