U.S. Department of Education

Biden extends student loan repayment pause three more months

BY: - December 23, 2021

President Joe Biden will continue a pandemic-spurred pause on student loan repayments until May 1, he said Wednesday. Loan repayments were set to restart Jan. 31, following months of the U.S. Education Department not requiring payments during the pandemic. Biden told the department to extend the moratorium initially placed by President Donald Trump’s administration. It […]

Biden administration resists Democrats’ pleas on student debt relief as deadline nears

BY: - December 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats are urging the White House to extend the freeze on student loan repayments, and for the president to cancel up to $50,000 of student debt — but so far the administration is not budging. The standoff is one of the more noticeable splits between President Joe Biden and members of his […]

Biden administration pressures Florida Gov. DeSantis over school mask policies

BY: - August 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has written Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis saying that if his administration withholds state funding from school districts that enact mask mandates, those schools can use federal coronavirus relief dollars to make up for the penalties. In a letter to DeSantis and Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona wrote […]

Biden extends freeze on student loan payments to Jan. 31

BY: - August 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced Friday afternoon that it is extending the pause on federal student loan repayments until January of next year, as the delta variant of the coronavirus surges across the country. “As our nation’s economy continues to recover from a deep hole, this final extension will give students and borrowers the […]

Republican AGs object to U.S. Department of Education proposal on teaching about racism

BY: - May 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — More than two dozen Republican attorneys general including Ohio’s Dave Yost are voicing their disapproval over the Department of Education’s proposed priorities for teaching K-12 students about American history and civics education because they would include references to systemic racism and how the history of slavery has shaped the U.S. The state attorneys general argue in […]

Senate confirms Cardona as education secretary

BY: - March 2, 2021

The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed Miguel Cardona to lead the U.S. Department of Education in a 64-33 vote. Cardona, a longtime educator from Connecticut, will be tasked with helping schools reopen during the pandemic and leading the $68 billion agency. “There is no one better suited for this job in this moment than Miguel […]

With no waiver of federal testing, legislators still weigh state testing

BY: - February 25, 2021

A bill to pause state testing for another year due to the impact of COVID-19 has been made more complicated by a Biden administration decision made this week. The part of the bill that would request a waiver of federal testing was rendered moot after an announcement by the U.S. Department of Education that they […]

Biden nominees for education and labor posts approved by U.S. Senate panel

BY: - February 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — Miguel Cardona was one step closer to leading the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday after the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee moved his nomination to the full Senate for a vote. The panel voted 17-5. Senators also voted 18-4 to advance the nomination of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to serve […]

Biden picks former public school teacher as secretary of Education

BY: - December 25, 2020

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday formally introduced his nominee for secretary of Education — Miguel Cardona, a veteran of public schools and the third Latino selected for the Cabinet. “We knew we needed an education secretary who truly understands what it’s been like for educators, administrators, families, caregivers and students this past year,” Biden […]

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos heads for the exits, leaving a legacy of turmoil

BY: - December 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — In four years in office, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos failed to broaden her appeal beyond the moment she won a wild Senate confirmation fight by the closest of margins. She didn’t even try. Instead, the billionaire Michigan native and Republican megadonor championed private and charter schools, often trying to funnel federal funding […]

Ohio colleges scramble to explain sweeping new DeVos rules on sexual misconduct

BY: - August 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — Ohio colleges welcoming some students to campus this fall despite the pandemic face a second major challenge. They also must put in place major new federal rules on campus sexual assault and misconduct that extend added rights to the accused. Aligning university policies with the new federal regulations — while also overhauling health and safety […]

Universities get aid they can’t share with DACA students

BY: - May 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — Colleges and universities across the country are getting emergency federal aid for COVID-19, but some of the most vulnerable students won’t be eligible for assistance. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said the emergency grants — part of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief act that Congress approved last month — can’t go to undocumented […]