Latest U.S. Department of Education News

Feds: Massachusetts owes private schools millions

Oct. 16, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education has found that public school districts across Massachusetts have violated federal law by denying services to students with disabilities who attend private and religious schools. The Boston Globe reports that local districts and the state could wind up owing...

US to keep funding Duke-UNC Middle East studies program

Oct. 11, 2019 6:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education says it plans to continue funding a Middle East studies program at the University of North Carolina and Duke University that it had accused of advancing "ideological priorities." The Washington Post reports the Thursday announcement comes weeks after the...

Only 1% of 100K teachers in Missouri, Kansas are black men

Oct. 11, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Charles King remembers in his third year teaching a parent called him aside and told him to be more authentic, to let some of his roots show because the black students in that urban Houston school needed to know he was one of them. The encounter changed the way that King, now 39 and...

University of Maine at Presque Isle gets largest-ever grant

Oct. 5, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine at Presque Isle has received its largest-ever grant. The university announced it's one of 64 institutions nationwide to receive a U.S. Department of Education grant worth $2.5 million, to be dispersed over five years. Debbie Roark from UMPI said the money...

Peoria public schools getting $2.5 million federal grant

Sep. 30, 2019 7:15 AM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Peoria's public schools are getting a $2.5 million federal grant for programs aimed at helping the poorest families in the city. The (Peoria) Journal Star reports that the Full Service Community Schools grant from the U.S. Department of Education is being awarded to the Harrison...

The Latest: Education Department responds to ACLU letter

Sep. 27, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

The Latest on a request to the Education Department to revoke a threat to cut grant funding to a Middle East studies program (all times local): 5:10 p.m. The U.S. Education Department says its review of a Middle East studies program is not "anti-Muslim or pro-any other group." A letter sent Friday by the American...

US is urged to end probe of Middle East studies program

Sep. 27, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

The American Civil Liberties Union urged the Trump administration Friday to drop its investigation into a Middle East studies program the agency says has focused too much on the "positive aspects of Islam" and misused grant money to promote "ideological priorities." A letter from the group's Washington office...

UNC denies claims of bias in Middle East studies program

Sep. 23, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

The University of North Carolina is disputing the Trump administration's accusations of bias in a Middle East studies program that the school operates with Duke University. In a letter sent to the department Friday and obtained by The Associated Press through a records request on Monday, UNC's research chief...

Feds cite Islam focus in review of Duke-UNC language grant

Sep. 19, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

The Trump administration is threatening to cut funding for a Middle East studies program run by the University of North Carolina and Duke University, arguing that it's misusing a federal grant to advance "ideological priorities" and unfairly promote "the positive aspects of Islam" but not Christianity or Judaism....

Chicago schools to overhaul handling of sex abuse complaints

Sep. 12, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools will overhaul how it handles sexual abuse complaints after a federal investigation found "tragic and inexcusable" problems following student complaints, the U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday. The agency's Office for Civil Rights called its review —...