Back to School by the Numbers: 2019–20 School Year – ED.gov Blog

Across the country, hallways and classrooms are full of activity as students return for the 2019–20 school year. Each year, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) compiles back-to-school facts and figures that give a snapshot of our schools and colleges...

Secretary DeVos Makes Clear Federal Funds can be Used to Support Dual Enrollment, Postsecondary Options for Students and Youth with Disabilities

WASHINGTON— U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today made clear that vocational rehabilitation (VR) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funds can be used to support dual enrollment, comprehensive transition and other postsecondary education...

Privilege Worth Perpetuating: Review of The Years That Matter Most by Paul Tough – Education Next

Paul Tough, author of “The Years That Matter Most” The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Usby Paul ToughHoughton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019, $28; 400 pages. As reviewed by Matthew M. Chingos College may not be for everyone, but most Americans go to...

Sec. DeVos Calls for a “New Birth of Freedom” in Milwaukee, the Birthplace of Education Freedom, to Kick Off 2019 Back to School Tour

MILWAUKEE — Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos began her 2019 Back-to-School Tour in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the birthplace of modern education freedom. In a speech at St. Marcus Lutheran School, Sec. DeVos noted the incredible progress the education freedom...

Prepared Remarks by Secretary DeVos to Students and Faculty at St. Marcus School

Thank you, Jamie Hopson, for that kind introduction. And thanks, everyone, for letting me join you today. It's hard to see summer end. But "back to school" season is an exciting time of year. I think it's useful, as we begin any new season, to reflect on where we've...

Bipartisan Bill Would Set Rules for Income Share Agreements – Education Next

Senator Todd Young introduced the bipartisan bill, The ISA Student Protection Act of 2019. While Democratic presidential candidates compete to shout “Free College” the loudest, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is taking a subtler—and potentially more effective—approach...

U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Requires Significant Corrective Action from Chicago Public Schools Following Systemic Failure to Address Sexual Violence

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it has reached a resolution agreement with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) that will require significant structural and procedural changes within the District in order to protect students from sexual...

Hands-On Learning: A Day at the Zoo – ED.gov Blog

Taking your student to the zoo is a great way to engage with them outside of the classroom and enjoy a hands-on learning experience together. Use this the guide below to make your trip engaging, educational, and enjoyable. Before your visit: Read a book about your...

Secretary DeVos Levies Largest-Ever Clery Fine Against Michigan State University, Requires Major Corrective Action Following Systemic Failure to Address Sexual Abuse

WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced it will fine Michigan State University (MSU) a record $4.5 million and require the University to make major changes to its Title IX procedures following its systemic failure to protect students from sexual...

What Colleges Can Learn From Toyota: An excerpt from Choosing College by Michael B. Horn and Bob Moesta – Education Next

Inside a Toyota factory — one model for how education might work better. Michael B. Horn and Bob Moesta’s new book, Choosing College: How to Make Better Learning Decisions Throughout Your Life (Jossey-Bass, 2019, $25, 304 pages), aims to help students and parents make...

Calling All Students to the Mars 2020 “Name the Rover” Contest – ED.gov Blog

K-12 students – enter your ideas to name the new Mars 2020 Rover! On August 27, 2019, NASA launched a national contest for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students to name the Mars 2020 rover, the newest robotic scientist to be sent to Mars.  Scheduled to launch aboard a...

U.S. Department of Education Finalizes Regulations to Protect Student Borrowers, Hold Higher Education Institutions Accountable and Save Taxpayers $11.1 Billion Over 10 Years

WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. Department of Education finalized regulations that will protect student borrowers, hold higher education institutions accountable and provide financial protections to taxpayers. The Institutional Accountability regulations, posted on the...

Has President Trump Scared Away All the Foreign Students? The facts behind fears of a higher-education revenue recession – Education Next

The United States has long been the world’s most popular destination for international students studying abroad. Yet in 2017–18, American universities sustained a 6.6 percent drop in new enrollments by foreign students, continuing a trend that began in 2015–16 and...

U.S. Department of Education Continues Work to Improve Civil Rights Data Quality

WASHINGTON— U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) will work collaboratively to improve the information collected in the...

Two Answers to Political Correctnes: Review of “The Assault on American Excellence” by Anthony Kronman and “Safe Enough Spaces” by Michael Roth – Education Next

Students at Middlebury College protest an on-campus appearance by Charles Murray in 2017. The Assault on American ExcellenceBy Anthony KronmanFree Press, 2019, $27, 288 pages Safe Enough Spaces: A Pragmatist’s Approach to Inclusion, Free Speech, and Political...

Spotlighting Whole Child, Whole School Sustainability in the State of Washington – ED.gov Blog

Year round, the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) and its Green Strides outreach initiative share promising practices and resources in the areas of safe, healthy, and sustainable school environments; nutrition and fitness; and environmental...