Latest U.S. Department of Education News

Judge pares down Arizona tribal students' suit vs US agency

Dec. 19, 2019 9:07 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A federal judge has pared down a lawsuit that accuses the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education of failing to adequately provide for students on a small Arizona reservation. Only one of the six claims remain after a ruling this week by U.S. District Judge Steven Logan in Phoenix. The...

President Donald Trump meets with Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J., who is planning to switch his party affiliation, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump signs bill restoring funding for black colleges

Dec. 19, 2019 4:46 PM EST

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a bipartisan bill that will permanently provide more than $250 million a year to the nation's historically black colleges and universities, along with dozens of other institutions that serve large shares of minority students. In signing the bill, Trump said historically...

President Donald Trump signs an executive order combatting anti-Semitism in the U. S. during a Hanukkah reception in the East Room of the White House Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Israeli leader welcomes Trump's college anti-Semitism order

Dec. 12, 2019 9:48 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister welcomed on Thursday President Donald Trump's executive order targeting what the White House describes as a growing problem of anti-Semitic harassment on U.S. college campuses. The order instructs the U.S. Department of Education to use the International Holocaust...

Congress finalizes bill restoring black college funding

Dec. 10, 2019 8:47 PM EST

After months of negotiation, Congress gave final approval Tuesday for a bill promising to restore more than $250 million a year to the nation's historically black colleges and universities, along with other institutions that teach large shares of minority students. The House voted 319-96 in favor of the...

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos follows President Donald Trump as they leave NCAA Collegiate National Champions Day at the White House, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

DeVos: Defrauded students may only get partial loan relief

Dec. 10, 2019 6:41 PM EST

Students who are cheated by their colleges will receive full loan forgiveness only if they end up earning far less than their peers, while others will receive relief between 25% and 75% of their debt under new rules unveiled Tuesday by the U.S. Education Department. The policy is a departure from the Obama...

Correction: CNS-Student Debt story

Dec. 7, 2019 11:15 AM EST

A Dec. 5 correction to a Capital News Service story that ran Dec. 3 about student loan debt incorrectly said the interest rate for federal student loans increased by 10.3% in 2019. The interest rate decreased by 10.3%. The correction also said federal student loans are usually based on financial need. While...

Editorials from around New England

Nov. 29, 2019 11:42 AM EST

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Protest put sports in proper perspective The Connecticut Post Nov. 27 On this much, everyone can agree. When it comes to the halftime protest at the 2019 Harvard-Yale football game, the protesters chose their time and venue well. Students and other activists drew...

UNC to update policies following complaint of anti-Semitism

Nov. 26, 2019 3:05 PM EST

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has agreed to expand its anti-bias training and expressly forbid anti-Semitism in campus policies as part of an agreement with the U.S. Education Department following complaints about a March conference featuring a rapper accused of anti-Jewish bias. The university...