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'Let's Read! Let's Move!' Kicks Off With Special Guest

AP | BY SHAQUILLE BREWSTER | Posted 09.09.2013 | Books

WASHINGTON — Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan read to excited children and cheered them on as she helped kick off the Education Department's ...

Tyler Kingkade

Group To Feds On Sexual Misconduct At Colleges: Do Your Job | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.23.2014 | College

A group pressuring the U.S. Department of Education to enforce federal rules on prosecuting sexual misconduct on college campuses, plans to stage a de...

How Colleges Label Protected Speech as 'Harassment'--And Why the DOJ and ED Have Made Matters Worse

Azhar Majeed | Posted 08.12.2013 | College
Azhar Majeed

One would think the Departments of Justice and Education would be mindful of citizens' constitutional rights. Unfortunately, recent developments fly i...

Student Loan Fraud Grows At Rapid Rate Since 2009: Report

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 08.05.2013 | College

WASHINGTON — The Education Department's watchdog says the number of college students who are suspected of engaging in loan fraud has increased 8...

Newtown Gets Major Gift From The Government

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Schools in Newtown, Conn., will receive $1.3 million in federal aid to recover after the shootings that left 26 students and educators d...

Shahien Nasiripour

Arne Duncan Signals Worry Over Student Debt Levels | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Tuesday expressed concern at record student debt levels, signaling growing worry within the Obama administr...

Duncan Grants 3 More States No Child Left Behind Exemptions | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced on Monday that three more states would join the ranks of those given permission to ignore par...

NCLB Waivers Granted To 3 More States

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced on Monday that three more states would join the ranks of those given permission to ignore part...

Shahien Nasiripour

Leading Democrats Criticize Obama Administration's $51 Billion Profit Off Student Borrowers | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics

Two members of the Senate banking committee on Wednesday criticized excess government profits generated off loans made to student borrowers and their ...

Shahien Nasiripour

Obama Student Loan Policy Reaps Bigger Profit Than Exxon | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics

The Obama administration is forecast to turn a record $51 billion profit this year from student loan borrowers, a sum greater than the earnings of the...

Joy Resmovits

Another Federal Agency Avoids Sequester Furloughs | Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics

As some federal workers face furloughs because of sequestration budget cuts, the U.S. Education Department's approximately 4,700 employees can breathe...

Tyler Kingkade

Feds To Investigate Occidental Over Sexual Assault Response | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.09.2013 | College

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights will investigate Occidental College over allegations the Los Angeles-based school failed to...

Feds Put Colleges With On Notice Over Retaliation

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 12.03.2013 | College

The U.S. Department of Education released a "Dear Colleague" letter last week that warns schools not to attempt retaliation against anyone who alleges...

Through the Eyes of America's Young Military Children

Dorian de Wind | Posted 06.04.2013 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

April is the Month of the Military Child. As part of the celebration, a partnership made up of the Education Department, the Military Child Education Coalition and the Student 2 Student Initiative has organized an exhibit of nearly 50 paintings, drawings and writings by military children.

After Decade Of Criticism, Perhaps Student Tracking Will Get Another Look

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Teachers say they are grouping students of similar abilities with each other inside classrooms and schools are clustering pupils wi...

Report: Billions Needed To Fix America's Crumbling Schools

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics

America's schools are in such disrepair that it would cost more than $270 billion just to get elementary and secondary buildings back to their origina...

Arne Duncan To Stay At Education Department, Source Says

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 03.16.2013 | Education

WASHINGTON — An Education Department official says Secretary Arne Duncan will remain in President Barack Obama's Cabinet into a second term. Th...

2nd Term Education Agenda Driven By Uncertainty, Things That Can't Wait

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 01.19.2013 | Education

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's education agenda for next four years may look less like real reform and more like tying up loose ends, exp...

'Heroes' Aren't Just Men and Women in Military Uniforms

Jack Jennings | Posted 12.13.2012 | Education
Jack Jennings

Two basic functions are essential to democratic societies: educating the young and defending citizens from attack. But in the U.S. today, quite different attitudes have developed about each of these functions.

College Enrollments Down Slightly, Higher Education Shrinks For First Time In 15 Years

| Joanne Jacobs | Posted 12.11.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's Community College Spotlight blog. College enrollment declined by .2 percent in the fall o...

In Debate, Obama Says Romney Would Cut School Funding

AP | Posted 10.04.2012 | Education

DENVER -- President Barack Obama says Republican rival Mitt Romney favors cutting a fifth of the Education Department's budget while Romney is counter...

Obama Administration Awards $290 Million In Grants To Incentivize Top Teachers

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 09.28.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is awarding $290 million in grants to reward top teachers and boost opportunities for teachers who work in impo...

Nearly 900 Districts Vie For $400 Million In Federal Ed Grants

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 08.31.2012 | Education

MIAMI -- Nearly 900 school districts across the nation intend to apply for a slice of close to $400 million in grants that the U.S. Education Departme...

Romney Adviser: How Romney Would Take On Unions, Shrink Education Department

| Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 08.31.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has attempted to make his philosophy about how to impro...

Tyler Kingkade

Bills Seek To Help Students Avoid Too Much Debt | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 08.24.2012 | College

When Steve MacIntyre connected with a recruiter at the Art Institutes about enrolling in online classes to work toward a bachelor's degree, he told th...