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Department of Education Announces Recovery Assistance for Students, Schools Impacted by Natural Disasters Thu, 19 Dec 2019 17:24:52 EST

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced new federal assistance for students and schools in 13 states and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands impacted by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, Typhoon Mangkhut, Super Typhoon Yutu and other natural disasters in 2018 and 2019.

Secretary DeVos Praises Higher Education Reforms Signed Into Law that Simplify the FAFSA�, Provide Consistent Funding for HBCUs Thu, 19 Dec 2019 15:19:22 EST

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement on the FUTURE Act after President Trump signed the bill into law. The Act contains several important higher education reforms championed by the Secretary that will benefit students for decades to come:

Department of Education Earns A+ for Technology Modernization Mon, 16 Dec 2019 15:14:21 EST

WASHINGTON--The U.S. Department of Education, under the leadership of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, has earned high marks from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform for its work to modernize and secure its information technology systems. In fact, in rankings released last week, the Department earned an A+ on the December 2019 Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard.

Prepared Remarks by Secretary DeVos to the House Education and the Workforce Committee Thu, 12 Dec 2019 09:13:41 EST

Chairman Scott, Ranking Member Foxx, and Members of the Committee: Let me first thank the committee for its willingness to make this a productive hearing. We have provided the committee 18,000 pages of documents during the past month on borrower defense alone, we have briefed you several times, and I'm hopeful we can use today's hearing to continue in that spirit of constructive dialogue. Let me also thank you for the opportunity to set the record straight on this Administration's approach to borrower defense to repayment.

Secretary DeVos Approves New Methodology for Providing Student Loan Relief to Borrower Defense Applicants Tue, 10 Dec 2019 17:49:07 EST

WASHINGTON -Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the Department has implemented a new methodology for assessing borrower defense to repayment (BDR) claims, many of which were left behind by the previous administration. The new methodology relies on publicly available earnings data and a scientifically robust statistical methodology to determine harm.