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Self Description

October 2002: "The U S. Department of Education is the agency of the federal government that establishes policy for, administers, and coordinates most federal assistance to education. It assists the president in executing his education policies for the nation and in implementing laws enacted by Congress. The Department's mission is to serve America's students -- to ensure that all have equal access to education and to promote excellence in our nation's schools."

"The headquarters and most operations are in Washington, D.C., where the staff of approximately 3,480 occupies parts of several different buildings. The main building where the secretary's office is located is Federal Office Building 6 at 400 Maryland Avenue, SW. Additionally, there are 1,360 employees who work in 10 regional offices around the country, each headed by a secretary's regional representative. These offices represent the Department's programs and interests on a regional basis."

Third-Party Descriptions

May 2014: "Last month the White House issued guidelines for how universities should handle reported assaults, and the Department of Education released a list of 55 schools, including Occidental College, UC Berkeley and USC, that are under investigation for their handling of sexual assault complaints."

March 2012: 'The Department of Education found, in a 2010 report, that Virginia Tech did not notify students in a "timely manner" -- as dictated by what is known as the Clery Act -- after the shooting at the dormitory. The government also fined Virginia Tech for failing to follow internal school policies.'

February 2012: "In fact, the Education Department is currently investigating a complaint against Harvard — Jeremy Lin’s alma mater — for allegedly discriminating against Asian Americans in admissions. The department is also looking at Princeton, where a faculty member’s own research has shown that Asian Americans need SAT scores about 140 points higher than white students’ — when everything else is equal — to have the same chance of getting into an elite college."

November 2011: "Like the Eastern Michigan case, which brought a federal investigation and a lawsuit that forced the university to pay the victim’s family $2.5 million, the Penn State case is expected to intensify the federal Education Department’s recent push to enforce laws that require public disclosure of such crimes and civil rights protections for victims and witnesses."

June 2011: "These reflections are inspired by a seemingly innocuous 19-page letter on April 4 from the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights to colleges and universities. The letter was given prominence by Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which has done yeoman work opposing restrictive speech codes."

June 2010: "The Education Department said Tuesday that it had split off and delayed a decision on the most controversial part of proposed new student-aid regulations — the treatment of for-profit college programs whose graduates do not earn enough to repay their loans."

September 2008: "The issue is particularly complicated because HUD’s narrow definition of homelessness is not the only one used by the government. The Education Department, for instance, which assists homeless students, counts as homeless those children who live doubled up with other families or in motels."

June 2008: "Responding to reports that some lenders have stopped offering federal loans at community and other colleges, two Democratic senators introduced legislation Tuesday to prohibit lenders from picking and choosing among institutions....A spokeswoman for the federal Education Department said that the proposed legislation was under review."

March 2008: "In July 2007, the Department of Education found that Eastern Michigan University had failed to adhere to the provisions of the Clery Act. In fact, the report found — among other things — that in 2003, 2004 and 2005, the university had failed to properly disclose crime statistics, and the crime log had also been improperly maintained, in that Laura's death was not listed as a homicide within 48 hours of that information being known to the school."

November 2007: The inspector general of the Department of Education has said he will examine whether federal money was inappropriately used by three states to buy educational products from a company owned by Neil Bush, the president’s brother.

August 2007: Congressional investigators also issued a report that the U.S. Education Department had failed to adequately oversee student loan programs.

June 2007: The Education Department, criticized for lax oversight of student loans, released proposed rules yesterday that would set new standards for universities and ban lenders’ marketing practices that have resulted, in some cases, in loan company payoffs to university officials.

June 2007: What students must learn to be deemed academically proficient varies drastically from state to state, the United States Department of Education said today in a report that, for the first time, showed the specific extent of the differences.

April 2007: A related probe last month by the Government Accountability Office found that officials from 10 states complained that the Education Department told them to eliminate reading programs or tests that they didn't endorse. Federal rules prohibit the department from endorsing any curriculum.

April 2007: The improper searching has grown so pervasive that officials said the Education Department is considering a temporary shutdown of the government-run database to review access policies and tighten security. Some worry that businesses are trolling for marketing data they can use to bombard students with mass mailings or other solicitations.

April 2007: The Education Department fought back. Richard W. Riley, then the secretary of education, tried to make the direct lending program more competitive in 1999 and 2000 by reducing origination fees and interest rates. The private lenders sued, saying Mr. Riley had no authority to do this because these rates were set by Congress under the loan legislation. (Last year, lawmakers set the interest rate on new Stafford loans, one of the most popular federally guaranteed loans, at 6.8 percent; many private lenders offer to reduce that rate for borrowers who make payments on time or meet other goals.)

March 2007: The U.S. Department of Education has overcharged millions of Americans with student loans during the past decade despite repeated warnings that it was breaking the law, according to a lawsuit filed yesterday

January 2007: The Education Department's general counsel is challenging the American Bar Association's new standard on diversity in enrollment and hiring, which calls for the law schools it accredits to take 'concrete action' to attract more minority students, faculty and staff.

December 2006: the Bush administration and a number of conservative legal organizations have joined the white parents in the two cities who brought the suits. Children were denied entrance to the schools of their choice, at least initially, for no reason other than the color of their skin, they say.

October 2006: Controversial new regulations give educators far more latitude to establish schools and classes strictly for a single gender, even as research on the practice is scarce and inconclusive.

November 2005: The Education Department's actions could signal a new phase for school improvement efforts nearly four years after the law's enactment. Taken together, these actions amount to a major response to critics who have called No Child Left Behind rigid and unworkable. They also help the administration combat efforts to amend the law in Congress.

January 2005: Such language seemingly would have put the kibosh on the Education Department's $1 million-plus contract with the public relations firm Ketchum Inc. to promote President Bush's No Child Left Behind law, an effort roundly criticized by some in Congress as propaganda. After all, the Education Department is not like, say, the Defense Department, to which Congress grants millions of dollars each year specifically for military advertising and recruiting.

January 2005: The Education Department paid commentator Armstrong Williams $241,000 to help promote President Bush's No Child Left Behind law on the air, an arrangement that Williams acknowledged yesterday involved "bad judgment" on his part.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Organization May 22, 2011
Owned by (partial or full, past or present) US Federal Government - Executive Branch Organization Nov 23, 2004
Financial Supporter of (past or present) Prof. J. Lawrence Aber Person Oct 20, 2006
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Sen. Lamar Alexander Person Sep 30, 2006
Organization Executive (past or present) Gary L. Bauer Person Jan 8, 2007
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) William "Bill" J. Bennett Esq. Person Oct 4, 2005
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Secretary Arne Duncan Person Jun 2, 2009
Advised by (past or present) Prof. Brian T. McMahon Person Dec 26, 2006
Advised by (past or present) Charles Miller Person Oct 3, 2006
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Roderick "Rod" R. Paige Person
Organization Executive (past or present) Susan Patrick Person Aug 1, 2006
Financial Supporter of (past or present) Prof. Rosemary C. Salomone Esq.,Ph.D,LL.M Person Oct 31, 2006
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Secretary Margaret Spellings Person Nov 22, 2005

Articles and Resources

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Jun 18, 2008 Money for Needy Goes to Wealthy Schools, Report Says (City Room)

QUOTE: According to the analysis, the Education Department is distributing much of that money -– more than 40 percent -– to schools that are either high-performing, wealthy, or both. Under state law, 75 percent of the money should be distributed to schools with the “greatest educational needs.”

New York Times
Jun 10, 2008 Report Takes Aim at ‘Model Minority’ Stereotype of Asian-American Students

QUOTE: The report, by New York University, the College Board and a commission of mostly Asian-American educators and community leaders, largely avoids the debates over both affirmative action and the heavy representation of Asian-Americans at the most selective colleges. But it pokes holes in stereotypes about Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, including the perception that they cluster in science, technology, engineering and math. And it points out that the term “Asian-American” is extraordinarily broad, embracing members of many ethnic groups.

New York Times
Apr 28, 2008 Battle in Brooklyn: A Principal’s Rise and Fall: Critics Cost Muslim Educator Her Dream School

QUOTE: Muslim leaders, academics and others see the drive against the school as the latest in a series of discriminatory attacks intended to distort the truth and play on Americans’ fear of terrorism. They say the campaign is also part of a wider effort to silence critics of Washington’s policy on Israel and the Middle East.

New York Times
Mar 03, 2008 Campus Crime Information is Vital To Keeping Students Safe

QUOTE: Universities receiving federal funding are presented with a fine line to walk when it comes to opening and providing their records. On the one hand, colleges have a mandate to protect student privacy; on the other hand, campus crime information must be made available to the student body. There is little room for error between these two obligations, because both are designed to protect the safety of students.

Sunshine Week
Nov 07, 2007 Inquiry Set Into Purchases From Bush Brother’s Firm

QUOTE: The inspector general of the Department of Education has said he will examine whether federal money was inappropriately used by three states to buy educational products from a company owned by Neil Bush, the president’s brother.

New York Times
Sep 17, 2007 Alabama Plan Brings Out Cry of Resegregation

QUOTE: After white parents in this racially mixed city complained about school overcrowding, school authorities set out to draw up a sweeping rezoning plan. The results: all but a handful of the hundreds of students required to move this fall were black — and many were sent to virtually all-black, low-performing schools.

New York Times
Aug 17, 2007 U.S. News's College Rankings Face Competition and Criticism

QUOTE: the magazine's annual list ranking the nation's four-year colleges and universities has become the center of a lucrative and controversial market of guides aimed at helping students determine where to apply.

Washington Post
Aug 17, 2007 Commercial College Ordered to Repay U.S. $2.5 Million

QUOTE: The parent company of Interboro Institute, a commercial college in New York City that a state investigation found had cheated in determining student eligibility for government financial aid, has been ordered to repay the federal government about $2.5 million...

New York Times
Aug 02, 2007 Top Private Education Lender Cuts Jobs: GAO Report Faults Industry Oversight

QUOTE: EduCap... laid off scores of workers yesterday and is considering shutting its loan business as federal officials investigate whether it has abused its tax-exempt status, according to current and former employees.

Washington Post
Jul 25, 2007 Senate Adopts Ethics Crackdown on Student Loan Industry

QUOTE: The Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that bars student lenders from giving gifts, trips or other perks to college officials, with lawmakers citing recent investigations showing that loan companies had used such incentives to get colleges to steer student borrowers their way.

New York Times
Jul 10, 2007 Public Schools Feed Multitudes in the Summer

QUOTE: The Food Research and Action Center... has lobbied school districts to take advantage of the program, arguing that the millions of children who receive free meals during the school year are left stranded during the summer.

New York Times
Jul 04, 2007 On Education: So Much Paperwork, So Little Time to Teach

QUOTE: During the time when the students were entitled to instruction in English, they were sitting in other courses that they may or may not have understood...

New York Times
Jul 03, 2007 Radio Royalties: Reprising Ol' Blue Eyes' Battle

QUOTE: Songwriters receive royalties when their compositions are played on AM and FM radio. But neither musicians nor the music's owners get a dime.

Washington Post
Jun 27, 2007 New Report Clears School of Cheating

QUOTE: Philip Nobile reported in 2004 that the assistant principal of the Brooklyn high school where he taught had ordered other teachers to cheat on the scoring of Regents exams… [but] a scathing 67-page report released yesterday... called Mr. Nobile a subpar teacher with poor evaluations who wrongly accused Ms. Capra of engineering a cheating scheme...

New York Times
Jun 22, 2007 Norton to Offer Bill Barring Felons From Running Security Firms

QUOTE: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said yesterday that she would introduce a bill to prevent felons from running government security contractors after one such company failed to pay its guards at federal buildings in the Washington area for several weeks.

Washington Post
Jun 21, 2007 University Accused of Lying to Hide Killing: Eastern Michigan Official Apologizes

QUOTE: an independent report contends [Eastern Michigan] university officials covered up the likelihood that a crime had been committed and the killer was still at large...[and] says that school authorities withheld information, deceived the public and potentially violated a federal law designed to warn students of campus safety threats.

Washington Post
Jun 11, 2007 Giving Proper Credit To Home-Schooled: With Applications From Nontraditional Students Rising, More Universities Are Revamping Evaluation Methods

QUOTE: Admissions officers accustomed to evaluating class rankings, transcripts and recommendations from professional teachers have long faced challenges in evaluating home-schooled applicants .... Colleges are finding ways to adapt to the growing market.

Washington Post
Jun 07, 2007 State School Standards Vary Widely in Study

QUOTE: What students must learn to be deemed academically proficient varies drastically from state to state, the United States Department of Education said today in a report that, for the first time, showed the specific extent of the differences. The report supports critics who say the political compromise of the federal No Child Left Behind law, President Bush’s signature education initiative, has led to a patchwork of educational inequities around the country.

New York Times
Jun 02, 2007 U.S. Puts Limits on Lenders’ Ties to Universities

QUOTE: The Education Department, criticized for lax oversight of student loans, released proposed rules yesterday that would set new standards for universities and ban lenders’ marketing practices that have resulted, in some cases, in loan company payoffs to university officials.

New York Times
May 10, 2007 Four Officials Profited From Publishers, Report Finds

QUOTE: Four officials who helped oversee a federal reading program for young students have pocketed significant sums of money from textbook publishers that profited from the $1 billion-a-year initiative, a Democratic congressional report disclosed yesterday.

Washington Post

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