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New reforms estimated to erase student debt for 40,000

The Department of Education announced changes to federal student loan programs, revisions that it says will cancel the debt of 40,000 borrowers and help another 3.6 million get closer to the payment finish line. ... Read more»

2021: A year pierced by gunfire on school grounds

While the pandemic effectively stopped school shootings in 2020 because of remote learning, the violence picked right back up in 2021 when students returned to the classroom. ... Read more»

Why 2021 could be the start of a radical change in how Washington influences local schools

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona is urging Congress to approve $103 billion in new budget authority for the Department of Education - what could become a steady stream that’s nearly impossible to take back, meaning a huge change in federal control over local schools.... Read more»

Education Department will forgive $5.8 billion in student loans for disabled borrowers

A troubled Education Department program left many disabled borrowers unable to escape crushing debt, and finally, a decade after ProPublica exposed the issue, the US has taken a major step to address the program’s defects. ... Read more»

Biden administration opens civil rights probes of 5 GOP-led states banning school mask mandates

Federal education officials have launched civil rights investigations in five Republican-led states that have prohibited school districts from mandating mask-wearing.... Read more»

Biden faces down Ducey, other GOP governors on school mask bans

With Arizona and seven other states so far prohibiting schools from levying mask requirements, President Joe Biden is pledging that his administration will use all of its oversight and legal authority to stick up for local officials trying to keep their schools safe. ... Read more»

Biden extends student loan payment pause to 2022

The U.S. Department of Education announced that it will extend the freeze on student loan repayments through the end of January 2022, a pause that was initiated by the Trump administration in 2020, and it was set to expire on Oct. 1. ... Read more»

Romero, Phoenix mayor join White House push for infrastructure plan

Tucson Mayor Romero and Phoenix Mayor Gallego joined other mayors and governors at the White House on Wednesday to push for the Biden administration’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan, a measure she has said is needed to reverse decades of “massive underinvestment.”... Read more»

Brnovich, GOP AGs object to federal proposal on teaching critical race theory

More than two dozen Republican attorneys general, including Arizona AG Mark Brnovich, are voicing their disapproval over the Department of Education’s proposed priorities for teaching K-12 students about American history and civics education because they would include references to systemic racism and how the history of slavery has shaped the U.S. ... Read more»

Biden picks former public school teacher as secretary of Education

President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday formally introduced his nominee for secretary of Education—Miguel Cardona, a veteran of public schools and the third Latino selected for the Cabinet.... Read more»