The U.S. Department of Education granted eight additional states waivers Tuesday from strict requirements of the No Child Left Behind law.
This week President Obama did a swing through some college campuses talking about student loan debt. The immediate issue is the 3.4% interest rate on federal student loans. It's set to double July 1 unless Congress acts. Keeping the rate low in this still weak economy is, as the president said, a no-brainer. Even his opponent Mitt Romney has endorsed it. But the larger problem -- mounting college costs and a cumulative $1 trillion in student loan debt ? remains untouched.
CNN's Jessica Yellin reports on President Obama's efforts to secure the youth vote in November.
A judge has sided with Virginia Tech and overturned a $55,000 fine, ruling that the school did not violate a law requiring it to notify students in a "timely manner" about threats during a 2007 campus rampage.
A jury decided in favor of two families of victims in the Virginia Tech shooting who accused the school of negligence.
The Penn State scandal was just starting to reach a rolling boil last month when the Department of Education announced that it would be investigating the school for a possible violation of the Clery Act. A quarter century ago, Jeanne Clery was asleep in her Lehigh University dorm room when she was raped and killed by an intruder.
Federal officials appear ready to be part of the headline-grabbing, state-controlled investigation into the disturbing sexual-abuse allegations at Penn State University.
Figuring out how much college is going to cost you is about to get much easier.
The White House announced on Tuesday two new measures the Department of Education will start offering in January to help college graduates climb out of their student loan debt hole.
Test results released in June showed that fewer than one-quarter of all students are proficient in American history. The results, released in "The Nation's Report Card: U.S. History 2010," by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, reflected test responses of 7,000 fourth-graders, 11,000 eighth-graders and 12,000 12th-graders.
"Bang ups and hang ups can happen to you," Attorney General Eric Holder read to a group of preschoolers from Dr. Seuss' book "Oh, The Places You'll Go" at the Department of Education's kickoff to its summer reading program on Wednesday.
Roughly 530 colleges across the country will soon have to submit special reports to Uncle Sam, explaining why their tuition and student fees have recently surged.
In order to receive federal funding for education programs, for-profit colleges now need to prove that their graduates are actually getting jobs.
Virginia Tech is appealing the $55,000 it was fined by the federal government for failing to provide a timely warning about a shooter on the loose in 2007, the Virginia attorney general said Wednesday.
It's no secret that prominent short-seller Steve Eisman has been outspoken against the for-profit education sector, and he has the ear of lawmakers and the Department of Education.
College majors are a funny thing. Some students know exactly what they want to major in before they even start the school year. Others don't declare until a year or so down the road.
Universities in the United States rarely expel students for sexual assault, according to an investigation by the federal government. And in the 42 years since it began admitting women, Yale University has not been an exception.
Yale University will launch a new committee on sexual misconduct following the initiation of a federal investigation prompted by a complaint over a series of sexually based allegations on the prestigious New Haven, Connecticut, campus.
Yale University is under federal investigation after a complaint was filed that claims it's policies have allowed a "sexually hostile environment" to exist on campus, officials said.
Virginia Tech will be fined $55,000 for waiting too long to provide timely warnings about a shooter on the loose during a 2007 rampage in which 32 people died, the U.S. Department of Education said Tuesday.
Some of the worst high schools in the United States are getting better, according to a study released Tuesday.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted the first-ever White House Conference on Bullying Prevention Thursday.
Kirk Smalley is going to the White House to fight bullying on behalf of his son who committed suicide in 2010.
In their push to downsize the federal bureaucracy, Republican lawmakers are flooding the field with proposals to lower federal spending. But, in a twist, their cuts could hit state and local budgets the hardest.
Reading and math scores were up for 12th-graders in the U.S. in 2009 compared to four years earlier, according to "The Nation's Report Card," an assessment of educational progress done by the Department of Education.
In his bestseller The Big Short, Michael Lewis cast Steve Eisman as the eccentric contrarian star. Now a nasty libel lawsuit in Florida is trying to make Eisman a villain in the raging economic and political battle between the for-profit education industry and the nonprofit sector. Whether he's a villain, or a well-intentioned citizen being used as a straw man, depends on whom you believe. The stakes in the case, though, involve not only Eisman, as well as the named litigants, but also the rules of engagement for all sides in what has become a central policy debate in higher education.
What Congress giveth, governors taketh away.
In a city of ego, "deputy undersecretary at the Department of Education" hardly exudes power. When Bob Shireman, 49, came to Washington last year to work for the Obama administration, little did he know he'd be at the center of a regulatory maelstrom over for-profit colleges. His goals, which he met, were to switch the system of bank-based loans to direct government lending and to simplify student-lending forms. But he soon began a crusade to rein in what he and others saw as abuses in the industry. In May, when he announced that, as planned, he was resigning to return to Northern California with his school-age children for the coming school year, the industry rejoiced. The price of several publicly traded for-profit education companies, including Apollo Group (which owns the University of Phoenix), soared some 10%, and the sector overnight added nearly $2 billion in market cap. "It was pretty bizarre," Shireman says.
College isn't paying off for everyone: An increasing number of graduates are defaulting on their student loans -- with the worst offenders coming out of for-profit schools.
Across the country, parents have been busy preparing their children for the return to school. They have been buying new backpacks, new school supplies and new clothes.
The U.S. Education Department is set to announce the winners in the second round of its Race to the Top competition on Tuesday.
Education stocks took a hit Monday after the government revealed data on student loan repayment rates that could impose hefty penalties on for-profit colleges and universities or make them ineligible for federal student loans.
Big changes to how student loans will take place July 1, and while the students themselves aren't likely to notice much, taxpayers stand to save $68 billion over the next 11 years.
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again -- especially if the end result is a portion of $3.4 billion to be used for education in your state.
University officials from Virginia Tech on Tuesday disputed a U.S. Department of Education report that found the school in violation of a federal campus security law the day a student killed 32 people in an April 2007 shooting rampage.
Here's the breakdown on the revenue, expenses and profits of all the Division I college basketball programs.
President Obama has been waging a war with banks over who gets to dole out cheap student loans backed by the federal government.
The stimulus package is one year old, and if you're still looking for work, you can look for jobs funded by stimulus spending. To find the jobs, you'll have to follow the money.
Public school students in major metropolitan areas are showing improvement on test scores in mathematics compared with scores from previous years, according to a report released Tuesday by the Department of Education.
Chris Edwards' fever spiked at 104 degrees this fall before he was sent home from Frostburg State University in western Maryland to recuperate from the H1N1 flu.
CNN's Elizabeth Cohen has signs your child is dangerously ill from H1N1.
Creating and saving jobs while boosting investment in the future are among the top goals of the Obama administration's $787 billion economic stimulus plan.
U.S. schoolchildren still have work to do when it comes to mathematics, the secretary of education said Wednesday.
Question 1. I owe about $16,000 in credit card debt I am unable to pay what can I do? I am 4 months behind. Is consolidation a good solution? -- Hassan, Conn.
Question 1. I have a federal student loan that I've had for a while. It's in deferment right now because I'm currently unemployed. Are there any new programs available through the government that can help me? -- JHR
Math and reading scores for fourth- and eighth-graders in public schools improved nationwide, but African-American students continued to lag behind their white classmates, a new federal study found.
The government's new student loan reform plan gets good grades from graduates with low-paying jobs struggling under a lot of debt. But it's on probation from some borrowers, including married couples and those who will be subject to a new tax liability.
Colleges aren't getting any cheaper, but federal student loans are.
One of the great headaches of the American dream is about to get less painful.
As a graduate from Syracuse University with a master's degree in international relations, Jana Morgan was hoping to help victims of human rights violations caused by resource wars.
Thousands of children suffered sexual abuse, beatings, malnutrition and emotional abuse for decades in the Irish institutions where they were raised, an Irish government commission said Wednesday.
At least 74 schools have closed across the country because of confirmed or probable cases of swine flu and 30 more have closed as a precautionary measure, the Department of Education said Wednesday.
Much-needed federal dollars will start flowing to schools in three states in the next few weeks as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
In the wake of the tragic shootings at Columbine High School, some schools across the country turned themselves into near-fortresses.
Many college graduates are struggling with heavy student loan debt and steep monthly payments that limit their professional options. But for some, choosing the career of their dreams could actually lift that burden.
An increasing number of students aren't making their student loan payments according to the Department of Education.
Did your child walk and talk early? Does she have a brain like a sponge? Scribble magnificently? Love learning? Ask questions that leave you marveling (and scrambling to Google an answer)?
CNN's Ed Lavandera takes a look at new criticism of an old practice -- paddling as a punishment in public schools.
More than 200,000 children were spanked or paddled in U.S. schools during the past school year, human rights groups reported Wednesday.
After nearly 20 years in the energy industry, Jay Mulki was earning a handsome six-figure salary and managing a department of 50 employees. But Mulki longed to work fewer hours and pursue another dream: to teach marketing at a university.
The hostage situation in Bailey Colorado is a stark reminder that you as a parent need to know that your child's school has a solid emergency plan.
I am planning on marrying for a second time. I want my children, not my new husband to inherit the money in my 401(k). How can I make sure this happens? - Linda, Baltimore
As more of America's school-age children are growing fatter, the physical education curriculum that might help them win the fight is gasping for air, says a recently released report.
At home, the phrase "Go watch TV" to kids has replaced "Go outside and play" in many families. At school, the daily hour of recess is dwindling. The combination is contributing to many kids not getting enough exercise, according to some experts.
A new analysis of labor statistics shows that stay-at-home moms may be getting more than just Mother's Day gifts this year. They may be getting new jobs.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - A study released by the U.S. Department of Education this week found that full professors at four-year public colleges and universities earned an average of $89,001 in the academic year 2004-05.
Hurricane Katrina displaced one-quarter of the teachers in the New Orleans area and several districts will have to rebuild, Louisiana's education chief said.
As education officials assess damage and begin rebuilding plans, schools across the country have opened their doors to students displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
Dear Armchair Millionaire: I have a ton of student loans, and I've been hearing about the advantages of consolidating them. Is this something I should consider?
New federal guidelines that raise the bar for financial aid eligibility means some families will see their aid packages for this academic school year reduced.
A change in eligibility for Pell Grants to be announced Thursday by the Department of Education would cut some 90,000 students from the rolls of recipients and affect more than 1 million others, an education advocate says.
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