Latest U.S. Department of Education News

House passes bill to expand definition of antisemitism amid growing campus protests over Gaza war

May. 01, 2024 18:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed legislation Wednesday that would establish a broader definition of antisemitism for the Department of Education to enforce anti-discrimination laws, the latest response from lawmakers to a nationwide student protest movement over the Israel-Hamas war. ...

Israel-Hamas war protesters and police clash on Texas campus, Columbia University begins suspensions

Apr. 29, 2024 22:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Protesters and police clashed Monday at the University of Texas in a confrontation that resulted in dozens of arrests, and Columbia University began suspending students as colleges around the U.S. begged pro-Palestinian demonstrators to clear out tent encampments as commencement...

Columbia protesters say they're at an impasse with administrators and will continue anti-war camp

Apr. 26, 2024 23:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Columbia University students who inspired pro-Palestinian demonstrations across the country said Friday that they reached an impasse with administrators and intend to continue their encampment until their demands are met. The announcement after two days of...

Hundreds of thousands of financial aid applications need to be fixed after latest calculation error

Mar. 22, 2024 19:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Education Department said it has discovered a calculation error in hundreds of thousands of student financial aid applications sent to colleges this month and will need to reprocess them — a blunder that follows a series of others and threatens further delays to this...

FAFSA delays prompt California lawmakers to extend deadline for student financial aid applications

Mar. 21, 2024 17:38 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature on Thursday voted to give prospective college students more time to apply for two of the state's largest financial aid programs after a glitch in the federal government's application system threatened to block up to 100,000 people from getting...

Potential $465M federal clawback raises concerns about West Virginia schools

Mar. 08, 2024 13:34 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Republican Gov. Jim Justice's administration has been characterized by flat budgets and record surpluses that helped cut the state’s income tax last year. Now, the state could face collateral damage: a possible $465 million clawback of...

Three former Department of Education employees charged with defrauding Arizona voucher program

Feb. 29, 2024 20:31 PM EST

Three former Arizona Department of Education employees were indicted on conspiracy and money laundering charges in what prosecutors say was a scheme to defraud more than $600,000 from an education voucher program that has drawn criticism for its skyrocketing costs and lax regulation by the state. ...