Education News

Statement from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon on Tufts University

"I congratulate Tufts University for taking swift action to cure its breach of its April 17 agreement with OCR, and I look forward to working with President Monaco and the university community to ensure the safety of all students on campus. I thank President Monaco for his leadership in this area, which should significantly benefit students at Tufts."

Teachers’ Favorite Moments During Teacher Appreciation Week

What a week! All year long, we at the U.S. Department of Education seek to bring teachers’ perspectives to our work and to understand, as much as possible, their classroom realities. Just last week, we hosted conversations with National Hall of Fame Teachers and State Teachers of the Year, and  every week of the year we talk with teachers about their work and what they need from us.

Statement from U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on the confirmation of Ted Mitchell as Under Secretary

“Ted Mitchell has worked to foster innovation that benefits all students, especially those in underserved communities, in areas ranging from higher education to teacher preparation to education technology. His experience as a college president and administrator, as well as his unwavering commitment to equity for every student, makes him uniquely suited for this role,” said U.S.

Secretary Duncan and Attorney General Holder Issue Guidance for School Districts to Ensure Equal Access for All Children to Public Schools, Regardless of Immigration Status

Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder today announced updated guidance to assist public elementary and secondary schools to ensure enrollment processes are consistent with the law and fulfill their obligation to provide all children—no matter their background—equal access to an education.

Extending Learning Outside the Classroom: The Power of the Summer Internship

As a teacher, I’ve seen the tremendous impact internships have on a student’s ability to see him or herself as capable of success.  They can provide students deliberate exposure to role models who have used education as a vehicle for success, thus helping students see success as tangible for themselves.

Reach Higher for College

It’s easy to talk about the importance of college. But some folks really walk the walk.

Educational Equity: The Theme of the FY 2015 Budget

In the opening statement to the Senate Appropriations subcommittee, Secretary Duncan hailed a record high school graduation rate and increased college attainment in the U.S. but said that large and costly opportunity gaps still remain. He called on Congress to enact President Obama's FY budget 2015 budget for education, stressing the importance of investing in education, and the moral and economic imperative for closing opportunity gaps and enhancing equity. (For a fuller exposition of the 2015 budget at the hearing, see the Statement for Record by Secretary Duncan on the department's FY 2015 budget request.)

Show Your College Pride with First Lady Michelle Obama

As part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s effort to encourage children to reach higher and pursue higher education, she will be visiting San Antonio on Friday to speak at the city’s College Signing Day.

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