Catholic comments by Connecticut principal under scrutiny
An assistant principal at a public elementary school in Connecticut is facing an investigation by state education officials after apparently being secretly recorded saying he'd prefer not to hire politically conservative staff, including Roman Catholics. The Department of Education confirmed Wednesday that it's looking into whether the assistant principal in the town of Greenwich violated rules of professional conduct.news.yahoo.com
More than $10B in student loans for public workers canceled ahead of broader Biden announcement
The Department of Education has announced that it has provided more than $10 billion in student debt relief for public workers 10 months into a new program. The relief covers more than 175,000 people, according to a news release the department put out on Tuesday, and will be provided through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness…news.yahoo.com
Uvalde CISD receives $1.5 million in emergency funds from Department of Education
The money will come from the School Emergency Response to Violence grant which provides short-term funds for schools and institutions of higher education that are recovering from a violent or traumatic event that has disrupted the learning environment.
100,000 student borrowers eligible for debt cancellation: DOE
Nearly 100,000 people are eligible for student loan debt cancelation, the Department of Education announced on Wednesday.The cancellations would apply to people who were affected by changes the agency made to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF) last year. In total, the cancellations would amount to almost $6.2 billion in student debt relief, according to CNN.Under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, eligible borrowers...news.yahoo.com
416,000 student-loan borrowers landed $1.85 billion in relief. Elizabeth Warren says that's not enough to compensate those impacted by one of the largest loan company's 'abusive practices.'
In a letter provided exclusively to Insider, three senators asked the Education Department to provide prompt relief to defrauded Navient customers.news.yahoo.com
Black colleges' funding hopes dim amid federal budget battle
Officials at historically Black colleges thought they might finally have a pipeline for long-term funding from the federal government after the Biden administration included at least $45 billion for them in its multitrillion dollar economic package.
Education Department waives loan interests for over 47,000 service members
The Office of Federal Student Aid within the Department of Education has retroactively waived interest on loans held by over 47,000 service members, the latest in a series of steps the Biden administration has taken toward widespread forgiveness of student loans.news.yahoo.com
Biden calls out governors who penalize educators for mandating masks in schools
While delivering remarks at the White House on Wednesday, President Biden said the Department of Education can take steps against governors who block or intimidate local school officials for mandating masks in public schools.news.yahoo.com
Army probes $2M heist of ball bearings
Aug. 11—ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The U.S. Army is investigating at least one high-ranking civilian official at White Sands Missile Range and an El Paso contractor for allegedly stealing $2 million worth of nickel ball bearings — that's a whopping 230,000 pounds of them — used in explosives research at the range, according to a recently unsealed federal search warrant. The U.S. Army's Criminal ...news.yahoo.com
National Safe School Reopening Summit kicks off with remarks from Dr. Jill Biden
FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, file photo, first lady Jill Biden speaks during a visit to the Massey Cancer Center at Virginia Commonwealth University. The National Safe School Reopening Summit kicks off Wednesday with remarks from First Lady Jill Biden. Delays are possible, if there is not a livestream available, check back at a later time. Dr. Biden will deliver opening remarks and will be joined by Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are expected to give pre-taped remarks.
Biden order could change how colleges handle sex misconduct
Biden also signed a second executive order formally establishing the White House Gender Policy Council, which his transition team had announced before he took office. Any effort to rewrite DeVos’ rules would have to go through a federal rulemaking process that can take years to complete. AdRepublicans slammed Biden’s move and defended DeVos’ rules. The scope of cases that colleges must address is also likely to be expanded again under the Biden administration, he said. Biden is starting the process even as DeVos' policy faces ongoing legal challenges.
NYC schools chancellor exits, citing virus' personal toll
New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza is shown this still image, from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's media availability, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in New York. (New York City Office of the Mayor via AP)NEW YORK – New York City's Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced Friday he will step down, citing the coronavirus pandemic's personal toll on his family. Porter is set to take over March 15, ready to “hit the ground running and lead New York City schools to a full recovery,” she said. Some elementary school students returned to in-person schooling in December, but upper-grade classrooms have remained closed except for those serving some special-needs students. “From day one, Carranza challenged white supremacy in education and called out the inequity, bias and segregation in New York City schools.
Feds say US colleges 'massively' underreport foreign funding
Since coming under federal scrutiny, the 12 schools disclosed a combined $6.5 billion in foreign funding that was previously unreported, the department said. Yale said it failed to submit foreign funding reports for the years 2014 to 2017 but later corrected the omission. It's not unusual for U.S. colleges to accept foreign funding for research projects or exchange programs, but federal reporting requirements have long been treated as an honor system. That began to change last year, however, after a bipartisan report in Congress raised alarms about colleges’ ties with China. In response to that finding, DeVos began ordering broader investigations into universities' foreign funding.
Democrats say White House blocking CDC head from testifying
Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Redfield, speaks during a White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing at the Department of Education July 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON House Democrats are criticizing the White House for blocking the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from testifying at a public hearing on safely reopening the nation's schools. Democrats said they invited CDC officials, including director Robert Redfield, to testify at a hearing next Thursday but were rebuffed by the White House. A committee spokesperson said the panel asked for any CDC official to testify but was rejected. A White House spokesperson said Friday that Dr. Redfield has testified on Capitol Hill at least four times over the last three months.
Most student loan payments are suspended. Here’s what you need to know.
Still, the student loan repayment system is complex. Here's what you need to know about who qualifies and how it works with existing loan forgiveness plans:No, you don’t need to request a forbearanceThe legislation made the suspension of payments automatic. That includes loans known as Direct federal loans, as well as PLUS loans that parents may have taken out on behalf of their children. A benefit for those seeking loan forgivenessThere's a bonus for those borrowers who were already enrolled in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program or another federal forgiveness plan. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program requires 120 monthly payments before borrowers see their remaining debt wiped away.