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Secretary DeVos Announces Reconsideration of Upward Bound Applications

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:30
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. After announcing the change at today’s House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education hearing, Secretary DeVos issued the following statement:
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Opening Statement of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:55
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.
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Resignation Announcement of Federal Student Aid Chief Operating Officer James Runcie

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 08:19
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.
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The President’s Budget: Simplifying Funding for Postsecondary Education

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 21:00
“Go forth into the world and turn your hopes and dreams into action. America has always been the land of dreams because America is a nation of true believers.” – President Trump, Liberty University 2017 Commencement  
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The President’s Budget: Maintaining Support for our Most Vulnerable Students

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 19:00
“We must never lose sight of our mission: providing each child with the chance to pursue a great education in a safe and nurturing environment.” – Secretary Betsy DeVos, March 20, 2017  
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Education Budget Prioritizes Students, Empowers Parents, Saves Taxpayer Dollars

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:49
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. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued the following statement:
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Secretary DeVos: America Must Transform Education to Serve the Needs of Individual Students

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:36
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:
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Prepared Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to the American Federation for Children's National Policy Summit

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:33
Thank you, Denisha, for the kind introduction, and congratulations on your graduation! I'm so proud of you and what you've achieved, and I know we are all looking forward to seeing how you make your mark in the world! You know, it's stories like Denisha's that make me get up every day and fight for a quality education for all students. I'm inspired to see the transformational change education can make in a young person's life. Let's all give Denisha and the other students with us this evening a hand – both of congratulations and of encouragement.
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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Releases Amended Federal Student Loan Servicing Solicitation

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 15:36
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. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued the following statement on the new amendment:
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Staff Selfies with Secretary DeVos

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 15:10
As new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has been settling in to her new job, she has been meeting ED career staff and learning about their contributions to the agency.  Several quick-fingered staffers have snapped fun, informal photos and selfies with ED’s new leader, and Inside ED has collected several of their smiling photos here.
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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Announces All Spring State ESSA Plan Submissions Complete, Ready for Peer Review

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 10:25
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.
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Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos following Bethune-Cookman University Commencement Ceremony

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 18:29
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.
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Prepared Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to Bethune-Cookman University’s 2017 Spring Commencement

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 14:47
Thank you, Dr. Jackson, for that very kind introduction. It’s a real privilege – and honor – to be with you as we celebrate the Bethune-Cookman University class of 2017! Congratulations to all of you!
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Prepared Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to Bethune-Cookman University’s 2017 Spring Commencement

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 13:17
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. In her remarks, Secretary DeVos reaffirmed the Administration’s strong support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and for year-round Pell grants to help students reach their academic goals.
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Prepared Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to the 2017 ASU GSV Summit

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 17:48
Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos gave the following remarks to the Arizona State University + Global Silicon Valley Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah: Hello everyone, and thank you, Jeanne, for the kind welcome. It's great to be here at ASU GSV among so many of the great leaders and innovators in the education space.
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Department of Education Announces Five Finalists in EdSim Challenge

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 10:58
Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced the five finalists in the EdSim Challenge, a competition to design the next-generation of computer simulations that strengthen career and technical education.
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