NCAA to Congress on Pay-to-Play Laws: ‘We Need Your Help Right Now’

THE NCAA FOR DECADES has tried to prevent Congress from interfering with its operation of a billion-dollar system of amateur athletics, but on Tuesday its president met with members of Congress and delivered a very different message: “We need your help right now.” The about-face comes as more than 20 states plan to consider various legislative proposals that would allow college athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness – so called pay-to-play laws that Read More

Department of Education Earns A+ for Technology Modernization

The U.S. Department of Education, under the leadership of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, has earned high marks from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform for its work to modernize and secure its information technology systems. In fact, in rankings released last week, the Department earned an A+ on the December 2019 Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard. The Department achieved top marks in five of the seven graded categories, including Read More

Betsy DeVos to Testify Before Congress Over Loan Collection From Defrauded Students

EDUCATION SECRETARY Betsy DeVos is set to testify before a House oversight panel next week about how her department incorrectly collected federal student loan payments from borrowers who were defrauded by for-profit colleges. The announcement comes after months of back-and-forth between Rep. Bobby Scott, Virginia Democrat and chairman of the Education and Labor Committee, and DeVos and her lawyers – including multiple threats to subpoena the secretary – over the department’s mishandling of more than 29,000 borrowers who were students Read More

Senate Reaches Bipartisan Agreement to Fund HBCUs

SENATE REPUBLICANS AND Democrats reached an agreement to permanently fund historically black colleges and universities and other minority serving institutions after a months-long standoff during which federal funding for the schools expired. “While this funding should never have lapsed in the first place, I’m glad that we were able to reach a deal that provides minority-serving institutions with the certainty of funding they deserve – and I truly appreciate the work done on both sides of the aisle Read More

‘We Wanted Our Patrons Back’ — Public Libraries Scrap Late Fines To Alleviate Inequity

For nearly a decade, Diana Ramirez hadn’t been able to take a book home from the San Diego Public Library. Her borrowing privileges were suspended, she was told, because of a mere $10 in late fees, an amount that had grown to $30 over the years. Ramirez, who is now 23 and stays in Tijuana with her mother, attends an alternative education program in San Diego that helps students earn high school diplomas. To her, Read More

Secretary DeVos Delivers on Promise to Provide Students Relevant, Actionable Information Needed to Make Personalized Education Decisions

Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos delivered on her promise to provide students more information than ever before as they make decisions about their postsecondary education options. Thanks to the groundbreaking redesign of the College Scorecard, students can now find customized, accessible, and relevant data on potential debt and earnings based on fields of study (including for 2-year programs, 4-year degrees, certificate programs, and some graduate programs), graduation rates, and even apprenticeships.  This total Read More

Schools Fear Deportation of DACA Recipient Teachers

IF THE SUPREME COURT rules in favor of the Trump administration, the future for teachers like Vicente Rodriguez and some 660,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, would be in doubt. “I made it my life’s mission to make sure students would never, ever experience such events and hardship in pursuit of education as I did,” he said to thousands of people gathered in front of the steps of the high court Tuesday as Read More

DeVos Subpoena On Hold – For Now

HOUSE DEMOCRATS WERE set to subpoena Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday for documents related to her department’s handling of borrower defense claims from students defrauded by for-profit colleges – the latest escalation in a public feud over the fallout of the secretary’s changes to Obama-era rules meant to rein in the sector and protect students. The subpoena, which would have compelled the secretary to turn over certain records, would have been the first issued to Read More

Secretary DeVos Names New Members to the National Assessment Governing Board

WASHINGTON— Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the appointment of seven leaders from around the country to four-year terms as members of the National Assessment Governing Board. This year’s slate includes six new members and one re-appointed member. The appointees’ terms officially began on Oct. 1, 2019, and will end on Sept. 30, 2023. The appointees will help set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Read More

How Schools Are Using The Trump Impeachment Inquiry As A Teachable Moment

For the fourth time in history, Congress is considering impeaching the president of the United States. For teachers around the country, it’s an opportunity to explore concepts and skills that are often relegated to textbooks. We asked social studies teachers from around the country how — if at all — they’re using this teachable moment, navigating the nationally polarizing topic and trying to sidestep the often asked question, “What do you think?” Many educators told Read More