Latest U.S. Department of Education News

So you want a new job? Here’s how to retrain

Nov. 24, 2021 08:18 AM EST

The tens of millions of workers who have left their jobs in the “Great Resignation” — 4.4 million in September alone, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — won’t necessarily need to retrain before they land their next job. But those who want a new career entirely may find...

Language barrier: Immigrant parents tell tales of exclusion

Nov. 23, 2021 15:23 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia parents who don’t speak English say they’ve long been excluded from parts of their children’s education because of language barriers, something exacerbated by the pandemic and the return to in-person learning. Parents told The...

Immigrant parents complain of language barriers in schools

Nov. 23, 2021 14:59 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia parents who don't speak English say they've long been excluded from parts of their children's education because of language barriers, an issue that's only been exacerbated by the pandemic and the return to in-person learning. Parents...

Texas school district under civil rights investigation

Nov. 18, 2021 17:05 PM EST

SOUTHLAKE, Texas (AP) — A Texas school district is under civil rights investigation amid allegations of discrimination based on race and sexual orientation. The Civil Rights office of the U.S. Department of Education is conducting three investigations involving the...

With US aid money, schools put bigger focus on mental health

Nov. 11, 2021 08:36 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — In Kansas City, Kansas, educators are opening an after-school mental health clinic staffed with school counselors and social workers. Schools in Paterson, New Jersey, have set up social emotional learning teams to identify students dealing with crises. Chicago is staffing up...

Judge nixes challenge to ban on Florida school mask mandates

Nov. 05, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's ban on coronavirus mask mandates in the state's schools will stay in effect after a judge on Friday dismissed a challenge to the rule from several school districts. Administrative Judge Brian A. Newman rejected the case from school...

Feds, school reach agreement on student restraint, seclusion

Nov. 05, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

SACO, Maine (AP) — The federal government and a Maine school district have reached a voluntary agreement that seeks to avoid unnecessary use of restraint or seclusion of students. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights said Friday it reached the...

Feds move to block Florida's school virus mask penalties

Oct. 28, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education asked an administrative judge on Thursday to block the state of Florida from slashing federal aid money to two school districts over their coronavirus mask mandates. Federal education officials filed a complaint...

Flouting White House, Florida penalizes school districts

Oct. 27, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The state of Florida has withheld funding from two school districts over their coronavirus mask mandates, flouting threats from White House officials who warned that such penalties would violate federal law. School officials in Alachua and...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Oct. 13, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Times. October 13, 2021. Editorial: The Tampa Bay Rays loss hurts. Losing the Rays would hurt a lot more The Rays are looking for a new stadium. Will the Tampa Bay area deliver? That hurt. Losing a playoff series always...