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Equity & Diversity Proposed Federal Rules on Title IX Draw Flood of Public Comments
The Education Department received more than 200,000 comments on proposed changes to Title IX sex discrimination regulations.
Libby Stanford, September 13, 2022
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Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona answers questions during an interview in his office in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, August 23, 2022.
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona continues a tradition of on-site visits by the nation's top education official as the school year opens.
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Federal Cardona Back-to-School Tour to Focus on Teacher Pipeline, Academic Recovery
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona will spend a week traveling to six states to highlight a range of K-12 priorities.
Libby Stanford, September 9, 2022
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The East Anchorage High and Scammon Bay students gather at a home in the Native Village to learn how to comb fur from a musk ox hide using special combs and common forks. The fur can later be spun into yarn.
Students from East Anchorage High School and Scammon Bay, Alaska, gather to learn how to comb fur from a musk ox hide through a federally funded cultural and educational program for Alaska Native students.
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Education Funding Grants Aim to Support Alaska Native Students' Education, Well-Being
The U.S. Department of Education is providing more than $35 million for projects in its latest round of funding.
Libby Stanford, September 6, 2022
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Education Funding District Leaders Plea to Feds: We Need More Time to Spend COVID Aid
Without more flexibility on the 2024 spending deadline, critical programs will be axed, they warn.
Libby Stanford, September 1, 2022
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Angela Pike watches her fourth grade students at Lakewood Elementary School in Cecilia, Ky., as they use their laptops to participate in an emotional check-in at the start of the school day, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022. The rural Kentucky school is one of thousands across the country using the technology to screen students' state of mind and alert teachers to anyone struggling.
Angela Pike watches her 4th-grade students at Lakewood Elementary School in Cecilia, Ky., as they use their laptops on Aug. 11 to participate in an emotional check-in at the start of the school day. The Biden administration recommended that schools use COVID-19 relief funds to support student mental health.
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Education Funding Biden Administration Outlines How School Districts Should Spend COVID Aid
White House back-to-school checklist encourages school districts to involve parents in spending decisions.
Libby Stanford, August 25, 2022
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Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona answers questions during an interview in his office in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, August 23, 2022.
Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona answers questions during an interview in his office in Washington on Aug. 23.
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Federal Q&A U.S. Education Secretary Cardona: How to Fix Teacher Shortages, Create Safe Schools
In an exclusive interview with Education Week, the secretary looks ahead to the challenges of this school year.
Libby Stanford, August 23, 2022
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Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visits the University of Puerto Rico at Carolina during a trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico on July 28, 2022.
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visits the University of Puerto Rico at Carolina during a trip to San Juan on July 28.
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Education Funding Puerto Rico Schools to Use New Aid for Teacher Raises, Hurricane and COVID Recovery
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona announced $215 million in federal funds before the start of the new school year.
Libby Stanford, August 2, 2022
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Student Well-Being Schools Must Protect Pregnant Students. Proposed Federal Rules Would Spell Out How
The U.S. Department of Education's proposed Title IX rules clarify the rights of pregnant and parenting students and employees.
Libby Stanford, August 1, 2022
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Student Well-Being Nearly $300 Million in New Grants Aim to Bolster Mental Health Services in Schools
The Education Department is funneling money through programs aimed at building a pipeline of school-based mental health professionals.
Libby Stanford, July 29, 2022
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Flags decorate a space outside the office of the Education Secretary at the Education Department in Washington on Aug. 9, 2017.
Flags decorate a space outside the office of the Education Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education. The Government Accountability Office has released recommended priorities for the Education Department that target special education rights.
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Federal Restraint and Seclusion, and Disability Rights: Ed. Department Has Work to Do, Audit Finds
The Government Accountability Office releases a checklist of how the U.S. Department of Education is performing on a list of priorities.
Libby Stanford, July 13, 2022
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People wave pride flags and hold signs during a rally in support of LGBTQ students at Ridgeline High School, Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Millville, Utah. Students and school district officials in Utah are outraged after a high school student ripped down a pride flag to the cheers of other students during diversity week. A rally was held the following day in response to show support for the LGBTQ community.
People wave pride flags and hold signs during a 2021 rally in support of LGBTQ students at Ridgeline High School in Millville, Utah.
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Equity & Diversity LGBTQ Students Would Get Explicit Protection Under Title IX Proposals
But the U.S. Department of Education did not include transgender participation in sports in the latest version of revised Title IX regulations.
Libby Stanford, June 23, 2022
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High school students carry a giant rainbow flag during the Come Out With Pride Festival and Parade in downtown Orlando, Fl., on October 9, 2021.
High school students carry a rainbow flag during the Come Out With Pride Festival and Parade in downtown Orlando, Fla.
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Equity & Diversity Biden's Order on LGBTQ Equality: What Educators Need to Know
President Joe Biden's latest executive order takes a stance against "discriminatory" state laws and bolsters support for LGBTQ students and families.
Libby Stanford, June 16, 2022
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First lady Jill Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona listen to parents as they tour Fort LeBoeuf Middle School in Waterford, Pa., on March 3, 2021. The U.S. Department of Education's new National Parents and Family Engagement Council aims to foster stronger relationships between parents and schools.
First lady Jill Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona listen to parents during a visit to Fort LeBoeuf Middle School in Waterford, Pa., in March.
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Families & the Community The Ed. Dept.'s New Parent Council: What Will It Do?
The U.S. Department of Education launched the council to facilitate better communication between schools and the families they serve.
Libby Stanford, June 14, 2022
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Education Secretary Miguel Cardona speaks during the 2022 National and State Teachers of the Year event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 27, 2022.
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona speaks during the 2022 National and State Teachers of the Year event in the White House on April 27.
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Federal Education Secretary: 'Let's Transform Our Appreciation of Teachers to Action'
Miguel Cardona shared strategies to help recruit, develop, and retain effective teachers.
Madeline Will, June 9, 2022
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