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- Civic Learning and Engagement Must Become Staples of American Education
- We Must Provide Equal Opportunity in Sports to Students with Disabilities
Playing sports at any level
-”club, intramural, or interscholastic"- can be a key part of the school experience and have an immense and lasting impact on a student's life.
- U.S. Department of Education Clarifies Schools' Obligation to Provide Equal Opportunity to Students with Disabilities to Participate in Extracurricular Athletics
Today, the Department's Office for Civil Rights issued guidance clarifying school districts' existing legal obligations to provide equal access to extracurricular athletic activities to students with disabilities.
- Department Releases New Publications Highlighting ESEA Flexibility
With 34 states and the District of Columbia approved for ESEA flexibility, the U.S. Department of Education released a series of new publications this week, describing the flexibility program and the ways in which some participating states are advancing important education reforms.
- High School Graduation Rate at Highest Level in Three Decades
A new report from the Department of Education shows that high school graduation rates are at their highest level since 1974. According to the report, during the 2009-10 school year, 78.2 percent of high school students nationwide graduated on time, which is a substantial increase from the 73.4 percent recorded in 2005-6.
- Statement from Secretary Duncan on NCES Public School Graduates and Dropouts Report
"The new NCES report is good news. After three decades of stagnation, the on-time graduation rate for high school students in the 2009-10 school year [78.2 percent] is the highest it's been since at least 1974. It's encouraging that the on-time graduation rate is up substantially from four years earlier.
- Duncan Addresses Gun Violence in New
"Ask Arne" Video Series
As a teacher and a parent, what our nation's education leaders think, really matters to me. And with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about to begin a second term, it matters even more.
- i3 Grant Provides STEM Graduation Path for Colorado Students
- Community Partnerships for the Digital Learning Revolution
I wasn't surprised to learn that my hometown of Huntsville, Alabama
- The Rocket City - has launched one of the largest school district transitions to digital learning in the nation.
- Nevada School District Makes Its Budget An Open Book
Clark County School District (CCSD) in Nevada believes you can't judge a book by its cover
- at least not if that cover is on the district's budget book. And so, in the interest of transparency, accountability and communication, that is one cover that has been entirely removed.
- Now is the Time to Reduce Gun Violence in Schools and Communities
- Statement by Secretary Duncan on President's Recommendations and Actions for Reducing Gun Violence
I have been proud to serve President Obama and this administration since day one, but today was one of my proudest days. The actions that the President is taking and proposing to reduce gun violence echo what America's educators say they need to better protect and support students in school and in their communities.
- President Obama's Plan to Make Our Schools Safer
Earlier today, President Obama introduced a new plan to keeps guns out of the wrong hands, make schools safer, and increase access to mental health services.
"While reducing gun violence is a complicated challenge,"¯ President Obama said during the announcement.
"Protecting our children from harm shouldn't be a divisive one,"¯ he said.
- Join us in a National Day of Service
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said that
"Everybody can be great ... because anybody can serve." ¯On January 19, the country will honor the life and legacy of Dr. King, and what better way to do so than to volunteer during the National Day of Service.
- 2012 Tax Time: Don't Forget Your 1098-E Tax Form
It's tax time once again, and if you made federal student loan payments in 2012, you may be eligible to deduct a portion of the interest you paid on your 2012 federal tax return. Student loan interest payments are reported on IRS Form 1098-E,
Student Loan Interest Statement.
- Secretary Duncan Statement on School Shooting in Kern County, CA
"I was deeply troubled to learn today about another episode of gun violence in America's schools– this time at Taft Union High School in Kern County, California.
- Top 3 FAFSA FAQs
Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in accessing the more than $150 billion available in federal student aid. Since the 2013-14 FAFSA launched, there are a few questions we've seen popping up more than any others. Let's go through them.
- Colleges and Universities Lead the Way in Sustainability
A USGBC Student
- Language and Learning on the Border
The RESPECT Project, a vision for transforming teaching and leading, is the result of hundreds of conversations with thousands of educators across the country.
- Teacher Cabinets: Bringing Teacher Voice to the Education Reform Conversation
As a U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellow, one of the many roles I am lucky enough to engage in is that of a conduit between America's teachers and the Department of Education (ED).
- New Student Loan Repayment Option to Help Recent Graduates
For many recent college graduates, monthly student loan payments can be overwhelming.
- 5 Reasons You Should Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Promise Neighborhoods and the Importance of Community
Thanks to the Chavez Middle School band and the Thomas Elementary school children's choir. Thank you for that beautiful music.
It's a bittersweet day today. We need to listen carefully to the voices of children at this moment. We need to savor their innocence, and applaud their unquenchable appetite for self-expression and renewal.
- Duncan Addresses School Safety During Promise Neighborhoods Announcement
- Education Department Launches 'Pay As You Earn' Student Loan Repayment Plan
The U.S. Department of Education announced today that many borrowers are now able to take advantage of a new repayment plan that could lower their monthly federal student loan bills. The plan, known as Pay As You Earn, caps monthly payments for many recent graduates at an amount that is affordable based on their income.