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Remarks by Secretary DeVos at the White House Coronavirus Task Force Press Briefing


Let me start by saying thank you, Mr. President, for your clear-eyed leadership during these challenging times for our country and for the world. The bold actions you have taken are making a significant difference. That’s certainly true for America’s students and teachers.

Most of them are experiencing unprecedented disruptions in learning and in their lives.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today reaffirmed her long-held position that individualized education must take place for all students, including students with disabilities. As a result, the Secretary is not recommending Congress pass any additional waiver authority concerning the Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), reiterating that learning must continue for all students during the COVID-19 national emergency.

As requested by Congress in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Secretary DeVos examined certain federal education laws to determine what, if any, additional waiver authority the Secretary believes is necessary to provide limited flexibility to state and local education agencies during this unprecedented time.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the U.S. Department of Education is inviting a new cohort of 67 schools to participate in its Second Chance Pell experiment, creating more education opportunities for incarcerated students. This action expands on the Trump Administration’s commitment to offer incarcerated individuals a second chance upon their re-entry to society, helping to reduce rates of recidivism.

“I’ve had the pleasure of visiting several Second Chance Pell institutions and have seen firsthand the transformative impact this experiment has on the lives of individuals who are incarcerated,” said Secretary DeVos. “By expanding this experiment, we are providing a meaningful opportunity for more students to set themselves up for future success in the workforce.”

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that more than $13.2 billion in emergency relief funds are now available to state and local education agencies to support continued learning for K-12 students whose educations have been disrupted by the coronavirus. This funding is allocated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed by President Donald J. Trump less than a month ago. Education leaders will have the flexibility to use funds from the Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief Fund (ESSER Fund) for immediate needs, such as tools and resources for distance education, ensuring student health and safety, and developing and implementing plans for the next school year.

“This national emergency continues to shine a light on the need for all schools to be more agile,” said Secretary DeVos.”

Just a couple months ago, I promised to keep you updated about all the ways Federal Student Aid (FSA) is making your experience with us better. I’m excited to share that today we launched a few incredibly beneficial tools that make it easier than ever to understand the aid you’ve received and navigate your repayment options.

You’ll see our first enhancement the moment you log in to our website; now, you’ll see a whole lot more detail on your student aid dashboard. We’re collectively calling this information Aid Summary. It gives you much more information about the grants and loans you’ve received and shows your remaining grant and loan eligibility. This may seem like a lot of information at first but take a closer look. I think you’ll find the Aid Summary to be a go-to tool to help you manage your aid while you’re enrolled and after you leave school.

Student loans, interest payments, and taxes: three things that have scared many people for years now. Read on to learn how these things can benefit you.

If you made federal student loan payments in 2019, you may be eligible to deduct a portion of the interest paid on your 2019 federal tax return. This is known as a student loan interest deduction. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make the money you’ve paid work for you! Below are some questions and answers to help you learn more about reporting student loan interest payments from IRS Form 1098-E on your 2019 taxes and potentially get this deduction.

What is IRS Form 1098-E? – IRS Form 1098-E is the Student Loan Interest Statement that your federal loan servicer will use to report student loan interest payments to both the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and to you.

We’re excited to announce the inaugural competition of the Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award to spotlight classified school employee’s outstanding contributions to quality education in the United States.

Classified school employees include paraprofessionals, clerical and administrative services, transportation services, food and nutrition services, custodial and maintenance services, security services, health and student services, technical services, and skilled trades. They offer essential services to the school community and play a vital role in providing for the welfare, safety, and success of students.

Beginning in 2020, the U.S. Department of Education invites the governor of each state and the chief executive of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Outlying Areas to nominate up to two classified school employees.

Senior officials from government and nonprofit organizations will honor the 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

On hand will be Frank Brogan, assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education at the U.S. Department of Education; Stuart Levenbach, chief of staff at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; James L Elder, Jr., executive director at the Campaign for Environmental Literacy; and Jenny Wiedower, senior manager for K-12 education with Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council. The award recipients will be recognized for reducing their environmental impact, creating healthy learning environments, and providing real-world sustainability that prepares students to succeed in the 21st century.

Andrea Falken, Director of the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognition program, will visit Seattle-area schools Monday to Wednesday, Oct. 28-30, as part of the Department’s sixth annual Green Strides Tour.

“Whole Child, Whole School Sustainability” is the theme of this year’s tour, which will highlight how rebuilding schools with sustainable infrastructure cuts costs and creates healthier, safer, more equitable learning environments that support the needs of the whole child.

Modern, educationally adequate green schools and grounds facilitate hands-on learning about sustainability, natural resources, the environment, design, construction, and agriculture – preparing students for degrees and professions not yet imagined. Sustainability education includes broadly transferrable and versatile educational competencies like critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity.

Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education Scott Stump will visit BridgeValley Community and Technical College, George Washington High School and Saint Albans High School in the greater Charleston, W.Va., area Thursday and Friday as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s 2019 National Back to School Tour.

At 2 p.m. Thursday, Stump will visit BridgeValley Community and Technical College in South Charleston. He will see students participating in the nursing program and Advanced Technology Center. BridgeValley offers multiple pathways to achieving a meaningful career. It has more than 40 associate degree and 20 certification programs. Students can choose from a range of courses, including accounting, manufacturing, engineering, cyber security, diesel technology, electrical engineering, finance and health sciences.

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