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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

November 2014: 'The University of Virginia is one of the 86 schools now under federal investigation, but it has more reason to worry than most of its peers. Because, unlike most schools under scrutiny, where complaints are at issue, UVA is one of only 12 schools under a sweeping investigation known as "compliance review": a proactive probe launched by the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights itself, triggered by concerns about deep-rooted issues. "They are targeted efforts to go after very serious concerns," says Office of Civil Rights assistant secretary Catherine Lhamon. "We don't open compliance reviews unless we have something that we think merits it."'

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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Nov 19, 2014 A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA

QUOTE: UVA's emphasis on honor is so pronounced that since 1998, 183 people have been expelled for honor-code violations such as cheating on exams. And yet paradoxically, not a single student at UVA has ever been expelled for sexual assault. "Think about it," says Susan Russell, whose UVA daughter's sexual-assault report helped trigger a previous federal investigation. "In what world do you get kicked out for cheating, but if you rape someone, you can stay?"

Rolling Stone
May 22, 2014 Why colleges fail at investigating and punishing sex crimes (Op-Ed)

QUOTE: the demise of in loco parentis left colleges in an uncertain and awkward position. If they now had little or no control over student conduct, what role should they play — if any — when students misbehaved? And what if students acted in ways that would be criminal in broader society?...The disciplinary systems of colleges, designed to deal with plagiarism and roommate spats, have proved utterly inadequate to deal with the more serious issue of sexual assault.

Los Angeles Times
Mar 15, 2012 Virginia Tech to review negligence verdict in 2007 shooting rampage

QUOTE: Virginia Tech plans to consider all its options after it reviews a jury verdict that found it was negligent in a 2007 shooting rampage that left 33 people dead, including the gunman....Virginia Tech failed to notify students early enough following the discovery of two shooting victims at West Ambler Johnston dormitory.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Feb 17, 2012 A Stereotype Worth Celebrating

QUOTE: In our college admissions process, especially, we punish Asian Americans who hew too closely to the stereotype. Rather than rewarding students for their individual effort and achievement, we effectively penalize them for doing so well as a group.

Washington Post
Nov 11, 2011 On Campus, a Law Enforcement System to Itself

QUOTE: On most of these campuses, law enforcement is the responsibility of sworn police officers who report to university authorities, not to the public. With full-fledged arrest powers, such campus police forces have enormous discretion in deciding whether to refer cases directly to district attorneys or to leave them to the quiet handling of in-house disciplinary proceedings....But many serious offenses reach neither campus police officers nor their off-campus counterparts because they are directly funneled to administrators.

New York Times
Jun 23, 2011 Attack of the federal sex police

QUOTE: a seemingly innocuous 19-page letter on April 4 from the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights to colleges and universities....includes a requirement that universities adopt a "preponderance of the evidence" standard of proof for deciding sexual harassment and sexual assault. In other words, in every case of alleged sexual harassment or sexual assault, a disciplinary board must decide on the basis of more likely than not.

New York Post
May 14, 2011 Your So-Called Education

QUOTE: Too many institutions, for instance, rely primarily on student course evaluations to assess teaching. This creates perverse incentives for professors to demand little and give out good grades....On those commendable occasions when professors and academic departments do maintain rigor, they risk declines in student enrollments. And since resources are typically distributed based on enrollments, rigorous classes are likely to be canceled and rigorous programs shrunk.

New York Times
Apr 25, 2011 College Teams, Relying on Deception, Undermine Gender Equity

QUOTE: As women have surged into a majority on campus in recent years, many institutions have resorted to subterfuge to make it look as if they are offering more spots to women… Many are padding women’s team rosters with underqualified, even unwitting, athletes.

New York Times
Apr 08, 2011 Why is sexual assault on campus tolerated?

QUOTE: Universities in the United States rarely expel students for sexual assault… Because of the way universities handle sexual misconduct, it is often the victim who drops out of school.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Apr 05, 2011 More Pupils Are Learning Online, Fueling Debate on Quality

QUOTE: But critics say online education is really driven by a desire to spend less on teachers and buildings, especially as state and local budget crises force deep cuts to education. They note that there is no sound research showing that online courses at the K-12 level are comparable to face-to-face learning… Skeptics say online courses are a stealthy way to cut corners.

New York Times
Mar 29, 2011 In City Schools, Tech Spending to Rise Despite Cuts

QUOTE: Despite sharp drops in state aid, New York City’s Department of Education plans to increase its technology spending, including $542 million next year alone that will primarily pay for wiring and other behind-the-wall upgrades to city schools... Some local officials are questioning the timing, since the city is also planning to cut $1.3 billion from its budget for new school construction over the next three years, and to eliminate 6,100 teaching positions, including 4,600 by layoffs.

New York Times
Dec 26, 2010 Hurdles Emerge in Rising Effort to Rate Teachers

QUOTE: It is becoming common practice nationally to rank teachers for their effectiveness....But the experience in New York City shows just how difficult it can be to come up with a system that gains acceptance as being fair and accurate. The rankings are based on an algorithm that few other than statisticians can understand, and on tests that the state has said were too narrow and predictable. Most teachers’ scores fall somewhere in a wide range, with perfection statistically impossible...

New York Times
Jun 15, 2010 U.S. Education Dept. Delays Rules on For-Profit Colleges

QUOTE: 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. While a package of proposed new student-aid regulations was released Tuesday, a department official said no decision had been reached about what debt-to-income ratio would make for-profit programs ineligible for federal aid.

New York Times
Aug 10, 2009 Disabled Students Are Spanked More

QUOTE: More than 200,000 schoolchildren are paddled, spanked or subjected to other physical punishment each year, and disabled students get a disproportionate share of the treatment, according to a new study.

New York Times
Jul 31, 2009 Federal Agencies Diverted Earmark Money

QUOTE: Thirteen federal agencies took nearly half a billion dollars off the top of Congressional earmarks for administrative expenses in 2008, nearly 3 percent of the total amount that members of Congress had directed to pet projects in federal spending bills.

New York Times
Jul 14, 2009 Regional Shift Seen in Education Gap

QUOTE: the nation’s most dramatic black-white [education] gaps are no longer seen in Southern states like Alabama or Mississippi, but rather in Northern and Midwestern states...

New York Times
May 31, 2009 College athletic departments use vague law to keep public records from being seen (Secrecy 101)

QUOTE: Across the country, many major-college athletic departments keep their NCAA troubles secret behind a thick veil of black ink or Wite-Out. [universities] censor information in the name of student privacy, invoking a 35-year-old federal law whose author says it has been twisted and misused by the universities.

Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)
Sep 16, 2008 Capitol Strives to Define ‘Homeless’

ABSTRACT: With unemployment and foreclosures rising and growing numbers of families struggling to find affordable housing, lawmakers in Congress are debating who should be considered homeless... with too few shelter beds and services available to help the homeless who are already living on the streets, the debate over whether to expand significantly the pool of people eligible for such limited aid has sharply divided advocates for the homeless and upended political alliances.

New York Times
Jul 18, 2008 The Next Kind of Integration

QUOTE: In June of last year, a conservative majority of the Supreme Court, in a 5-to-4 decision, declared the racial-integration efforts of two school districts unconstitutional...By invoking Brown v. Board of Education, the court’s landmark 1954 civil rights ruling, Breyer accused the majority of abandoning a touchstone in the country’s efforts to overcome racial division. “This is a decision that the court and the nation will come to regret,” he concluded.

New York Times
Jul 05, 2008 Audit Finds Credit Card Abuse at Education Dept.

QUOTE: U.S. Department of Education employees inappropriately used government credit cards to purchase $49,500 worth of goods and services, including meals, items at clothing stores and rental cars, for personal use, according to a review by the department's inspector general.

Washington Post

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