U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. today announced a new grant competition to support districts and their communities in preparing to implement innovative, comprehensive, collaborative, and locally-driven strategies to increase diversity in schools. King also announced the 2017 Magnet Schools Assistance Program competition, which will provide districts with funds to help create integrated.. read more →

The Council of Chief State School Officers has proposed its own plan for ensuring that federal funds supplement and do not supplant state and local education spending, a plan that differs in a few key respects from the U.S. Department of Education’s own proposed rules. Under the proposal that CCSSO is submitting as a formal public comment to the Education.. read more →

Tony Dearman, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, will head the Bureau of Indian Education. The agency, which operates under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of the Interior, serves about 45,000 of the nation’s roughly 950,000 Native American students. Since last fall, Dearman has served as the Bureau of Indian Education’s associate deputy director.. read more →

The U.S. Department of Education announced this week its first-ever awards supporting Pay for Success (PFS) strategies. The awards will use the innovative PFS funding approach to improve outcomes for at-risk youth by finding and scaling career and technical education (CTE) programs, as well as to advance effective dual language programs for early learners.  To improve outcomes.. read more →

The U.S. Department of Education announced today the award of more than $71 million in new and non-competing continuation grants to help strengthen the capacity and performance of American education in world languages, cultural understanding, area and international studies, and research The grants are under the Fulbright-Hays Act, also known at the Mutual Educational and Cultural.. read more →

The U.S. Department of Education will award nearly $3 million in grants to help support Native-American students who are identified as English-language learners. The department will award $2.996 million to schools and tribes in eight states-Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma-to support teaching and learning and study of Native American languages.. read more →

On July 6, the Department of Education released two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs) to implement provisions of Title I of ESSA. These notices “seek to ensure states administer high-quality assessments that are worth taking and provide meaningful data about student success and equity, while also encouraging states and districts to continue to push the.. read more →

Education Secretary to PTA: Demand Diversity in Schools, Teaching Force U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. called on parents to take charge of improving diversity in their schools and classrooms-both among students and teachers-during a recent speech before the National Parent Teacher Association. In this case, King was addressing parents who make decisions about.. read more →

Department of Ed. releases guidance explaining how schools can use federal funds for ‘well-rounded’ education, includes world languages One of the big selling points of the Every Student Succeeds Act is that it gives schools a chance to move beyond just reading and math and offer students a broader, “well-rounded” education that includes things like the.. read more →

Department of Education releases newcomer toolkit Today the White House announced and identified a list of resources to help schools support immigrants, refugees, and their families with a successful integration process. This includes the introduction of the Department of Education’s Newcomer Toolkit which provides information, resources, and examples of effective practices that educators can use to.. read more →