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It means using all your political capital to have the one-on-one conversations with your mayors and with your governors about the negative impact that flat funding will get us in our schools.
The achievement gaps that have been a stain on our education system are even worse today than they were three years ago, going back to the systems of before the pandemic isn’t good enough. We must resist the temptation to return to systems that were not serving all students well.
We've been talking daily about this, and I can tell you the American people will hear within the next week or so from the President and the Department of Education on what we're going to be doing around that.
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I spent the formative part of my career in a Connecticut elementary school. I will never forget the ripple effect of fear and heartbreak that spread among students and teachers in the aftermath of the horrific Sandy Hook shooting.
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The Education Department remains committed to giving borrowers discharges when the evidence shows their college violated the law and standards.
By and large, that's how it's designed and I think it works that way -- but it doesn't mean that I won't take the opportunity sitting here to say what I know works best for children based on what I'm hearing, what I've known.
Kids can't suffer anymore. They suffered enough.
Especially now during a pandemic, engaging all parents' voices in this process of recovery and addressing disparities is not only important, it's necessary.
We're all tired. We're tired of masks. But for me it's been really clear that our schools not only have to reopen but need to reimagine and do better than they even were before the pandemic.
Like my first day of school, it also seemed impossible.
It turned out to be a horrible day.
We're helping create the narrative around what the kids need based on what we're seeing and hearing, by and large, that's how it's designed and I think it works that way -- but it doesn't mean that I won't take the opportunity sitting here to say what I know works best for children based on what I'm hearing, what I've known.
To those parents, I understand the fatigue. It's been two years, and we thought it was going to be two weeks, we're all tired. We're tired of masks. But for me it's been really clear that our schools not only have to reopen but need to reimagine and do better than they even were before the pandemic.
This means acknowledging that many of the students who have been underserved during the pandemic are the same ones who have had to deal with barriers to a high-quality education since well before COVID-19.
Let's not just talk about honoring educators, let's make sure they're treated with the respect and the dignity they deserve, this means a livable wage, it means ongoing professional learning and development, supportive working conditions and a work environment where their voices are welcome as critical partners in our work to improve education.Moving forward, it's on us to make sure education jobs are ones educators don't want to leave and that people from all backgrounds want to pursue.
Our hardest and most important work lies ahead. It'll be what we're judged against, and I want to be very, very clear: as educators and leaders, we're either closing educational opportunity gaps or making them worse with the decisions we're going to make in the next coming months and years.
I don't know that holding funds from students is the best approach, ultimately, the students need more support, not less.
Amid the pandemic, we know that our students have experienced so much. We can't unlock students' potential unless we also address the needs they bring with them to the classroom each day. As educators, it's our responsibility to ensure that we are helping to provide students with a strong social and emotional foundation so that they also can excel academically.
Our efforts as educators must go beyond literacy, math, history, science, and other core subjects to include helping students to build the social, emotional, and behavioral skills they will need to fully access and participate in learning and make the most of their potential and future opportunities, amid the pandemic, we know that our students have experienced so much. We can't unlock students' potential unless we also address the needs they bring with them to the classroom each day. As educators, it's our responsibility to ensure that we are helping to provide students with a strong social and emotional foundation so that they also can excel academically.
I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.
We should be thanking districts for using proven strategies that will keep schools open and safe, not punishing them. We stand with the dedicated educators in Alachua and across the country doing the right thing to protect their school communities, with these grants, we're making sure schools and communities across the country that are committed to safely returning to in-person learning know that we have their backs. I commend Alachua for protecting its students and educators, and I look forward to working with them to provide students their best year yet.
The Department has heard from parents from across the country -- particularly parents of students with disabilities and with underlying medical conditions -- about how state bans on universal indoor masking are putting their children at risk and preventing them from accessing in-person learning equally, it's simply unacceptable that state leaders are putting politics over the health and education of the students they took an oath to serve. The Department will fight to protect every student's right to access in-person learning safely and the rights of local educators to put in place policies that allow all students to return to the classroom full-time in-person safely this fall.
Today's action removes a major barrier that prevented far too many borrowers with disabilities from receiving the total and permanent disability discharges they are entitled to under the law.
Many of these borrowers have waited a long time for relief, and Betsy Devos need to work swiftly to render decisions for those whose claims are still pending.
These funds are critical to ensuring that all of our nation's students -- particularly those disproportionately impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic -- have the opportunity to enroll, continue their education, graduate, and pursue their careers.
I am thrilled that Richard Cordray will be joining the Department of Education as the Chief Operating Officer of Federal Student Aid. It is critical that students and student loan borrowers can depend on the Department of Education for help paying for college, support in repaying loans, and strong oversight of postsecondary institutions.
Identities matter, especially when 27 percent of our students identify as Hispanic or Latino and 13 percent identify as Black or African-American, this curriculum acknowledges that by connecting the story of people of color in the U.S. to the larger story of American history. The fact is that more inclusive, culturally relevant content in classrooms leads to greater student engagement and better outcomes for all.
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