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The Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS) (formerly Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) is a subdivision within the United States Department of Education that is responsible for assisting drug and violence prevention activities within the nation's schools.

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  • The President’s Budget: Simplifying Funding for Postsecondary Education
    “Go forth into the world and turn your hopes and dreams into action. America has always been the land of dreams because America is a nation of true believers.” – President Trump, Liberty University 2017 Commencement   In today’s world, one important key to success – one way for more Americans to turn their dreams Continue Reading The post The President’s Budget: Simplifying Funding for Postseconda...
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  • The President’s Budget: Maintaining Support for our Most Vulnerable Students
    “We must never lose sight of our mission: providing each child with the chance to pursue a great education in a safe and nurturing environment.” – Secretary Betsy DeVos, March 20, 2017   President Trump believes that every student – regardless of background or circumstance – deserves to fulfill his or her potential. High-quality educational Continue Reading The post The President’s Budget: Maintai...
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  • The President’s Budget: Empowering Parents by Expanding Education Choice
    “Our nation’s commitment is to provide a quality education to every child to serve the public, common good. Accordingly, we must shift the paradigm to think of education funding as investments made in individual children, not in institutions or buildings.”– Secretary Betsy DeVos, March 29, 2017   From the beginning, the Trump Administration’s number one Continue Reading The post The President’s Bu...
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  • Police Week: Appreciating Our Peace Officers and the Role of Career and Technical Education
      President John F. Kennedy, in 1962, proclaimed May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as Police Week. In 2017, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) is proud to once again celebrate Police Week and to especially thank the police who help keep schools safe. In addition, ED Continue Reading The post Police Week: Appreciating Our Peace Officers and the Role of Career a...
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  • Staff Selfies with Secretary DeVos
    As new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has been settling in to her new job, she has been meeting ED career staff and learning about their contributions to the agency.  Several quick-fingered staffers have snapped fun, informal photos and selfies with ED’s new leader, and Inside ED has collected several of their smiling photos here. Continue Reading The post Staff Selfies with Secretary DeVos ap...
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  • Important Information about the IRS Data Retrieval Tool
    The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) provides tax data that automatically fills in information for part of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), as well as the income-driven repayment plan application for federal student loan borrowers. To protect sensitive taxpayer data, the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on fafsa.gov and StudentLoans.gov will be unavailable Continue Reading The post Impor...
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  • 3 Tips for Understanding and Comparing Financial Aid Offers
    Congratulations! You’ve been accepted to multiple schools. Now you need to determine which schools are most affordable so you can factor school cost into your decision. If you listed a school on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form and have been offered admission by that school, the school’s financial aid office will Continue Reading The post 3 Tips for Understanding and Com...
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  • 8 Things to Do After You Fill Out the FAFSA® Form
    So, you’ve completed the 2017–18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. It’s time to sit back and wait for your financial aid offers, right? Not quite. In fact, there’s still plenty to do! Here are 8 things you need to do AFTER you submit your application.   1. Find your Expected Family Contribution Continue Reading The post 8 Things to Do After You Fill Out the FAFSA® Form appear...
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  • National Reentry Week: Our Visit to SCI-Pine Grove’s College in Prison Classroom
    “Education Is the Most Powerful Weapon Which You Can Use to Change the World” — Nelson Mandela National Reentry Week was April 23-29, during which Pennsylvania Department of Corrections leadership visited a program that history very well may judge has the most effective intervention yet at reducing the likelihood of future crimes being committed by Continue Reading The post National Reentry Week: ...
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  • Cleveland’s Project Lead the Way Is Making a Real World Impact
    In the coming decades students will join a workforce that is creative and innovative; many of them will use computers and technology to solve real-world problems. Students will need to be equipped with the skills and knowledge to help them take risks, collaborate and devise solutions—proficiencies they need for college and careers. Recognizing the importance Continue Reading The post Cleveland’s P...
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  • Learning for Life: Dual Enrollment in Florida is a Win for the State
    Getting the proverbial “jumpstart” on career success is beneficial to our nation’s students and serves as a great tool to explore interests. While there are numerous programs around the country, the state of Florida is a standout with a decades-long history of success with accelerated learning opportunities dating back to the 1970s. Dual enrollment allows Continue Reading The post Learning for Lif...
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  • Thelonious Monk Jazz Informance: A Lesson in Democracy
    The conception of a perfect democracy drove the recent musical performance by students when their peers from nine District of Columbia schools, parents, educators, and ED employees gathered at U.S. Department of Education (ED) headquarters to hear jazz – America’s gift to the world. To celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, ED hosted its fifth annual jazz Continue Reading The post Thelonious Monk Jazz...
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  • California’s Career Technical Education: The Best of Two Worlds
    There’s an old joke. A plumber goes to a house call to repair a leak. The plumber fixes the problem and tells the homeowner, “That will be $300.” The homeowner says, “I’m a doctor, and I don’t make $300 for a house call.” The plumber replies, “I didn’t make $300 for a house call, either, Continue Reading The post California’s Career Technical Education: The Best of Two Worlds appeared first on ED....
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  • Principals at ED: Educator Voices Matter
    Last week, I had the unique opportunity of being invited back to the U.S. Department of Education for “Principals at ED,” along with ten other principals.  We spent the day at the Department, fondly known as “ED,” meeting with Secretary Betsy DeVos, interacting with senior career leaders, including former interim Secretary Phil Rosenfelt and Acting Continue Reading The post Principals at ED: Educa...
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  • Full STEAM Ahead: ED Celebrates African American Excellence in STEAM Fields
    “I have always liked math and science because, as a child, I struggled with reading. But … I close my eyes and can see the world in numbers.” This is what Kennea Carter, a student from D.C.’s E. L. Haynes Public Charter School, shared with the audience at the Full STEAM Ahead: Educational Summit on Continue Reading The post Full STEAM Ahead: ED Celebrates African American Excellence in STEAM Field...
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  • Saying thanks to teachers
    Secretary DeVos and Department staff made surprise phone calls to outstanding teachers across the country to say thanks for all they do.
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  • LGBT Students Work to Ensure Safe and Supportive Schools for all Students
    Yesterday, myself and four other LGBTQ Activists from GLSEN had the honor of sitting down with US Secretary of Education, Dr. John King, in his second to last day in office. Amid a changing administration, the Secretary offered his words of advice, and listened to our experiences as LGBTQ students as well as our hopes Continue Reading The post LGBT Students Work to Ensure Safe and Supportive Schoo...
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  • Creating an Educational System that Supports Democracy Through Student Activism
    Education is the great engine of our democracy and the fuel for that engine is the opportunities students have to engage in activism on issues that are important to them. It is the job of adult allies to nurture and support student in this endeavor.  Seven student leaders from across the country came to ED Continue Reading The post Creating an Educational System that Supports Democracy Through Stu...
  • A New Principal — Again
    Nine times in twenty-eight years of teaching I’ve gone through the training of a new principal in my high school.  Nine times! And to make matters more frustrating, the replacement always seems to be the philosophical and pedagogical opposite of the one he or she is replacing. The gentle farmer replaced by the fire-breathing nun, Continue Reading The post A New Principal — Again appeared first on ...
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  • Launching ED’s Developer Hub
    Today, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) launches its first developer hub, a dedicated space for centralizing our developer resources, documenting open government efforts at the agency, and celebrating what you have built using ED data and code. Work began last year to redesign how the Department engages technologists. Partnering with 18F, the federal government’s Continue Reading The post Lau...
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  • 4 Loan Forgiveness Programs for Teachers
    1. Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program Forgives the remaining balance on your Federal Direct Loans after 120 qualifying payments (10 years). View complete program details at StudentAid.gov/publicservice. Here are some highlights: This program has the broadest employment qualification requirements of the federal programs listed—it doesn’t require that you teach at a low-income a public C...
  • U.S. Department of Education Announces Final Regulation on Open Licensing Requirement for Competitive Grant Programs
    A few months ago, I had the opportunity to meet with Benetech, one of our grantees, and observe some of the tools they have developed under their Department grant to help visually impaired people access the content of graphics in books.  The tool has many applications, including giving visually impaired children the opportunity to better Continue Reading The post U.S. Department of Education Annou...
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  • New Report Shows Increased Need for Federal Investments in Early Learning
    Are there too many federal early learning programs?  This question has been contentiously debated and discussed in Washington, DC for years.  Are programs that simply permit funding for early learning as a part of a larger initiative, such as Title I or English Language Acquisition grants, considered early learning programs?  Should programs that merely mention Continue Reading The post New Report...
  • More Transparency in Higher Education Will Help Improve Student Outcomes
    Every year, the U.S. Department of Education provides billions of dollars in Federal financial aid to help students enroll in college. Yet too many students—roughly two in five bachelor’s degree-seeking students—leave school with no degree, often leaving them with debt, no job, and a high risk of default. In recent years, the Department has made Continue Reading The post More Transparency in Highe...
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  • How to Fill Out the FAFSA When You Have More Than One Child in College
    Having one child who is heading to college can be stressful, but having to help multiple children at the same time can feel like too much to manage. While I can’t save you from a forgotten application deadline or the “how to do your own laundry” lessons, hopefully, I can help make the financial aid Continue Reading The post How to Fill Out the FAFSA When You Have More Than One Child in College app...
  • Believe in Your Power
    On Thursday, January 12, thousands of teachers across the nation will receive appreciation phone calls from the Department of Education; these educators were nominated by their colleagues, parents, and students to receive these calls. As a Teaching Ambassador Fellow, I had a chance to read the comments stating why each educator deserved a phone call. Continue Reading The post Believe in Your Power...
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  • Ensuring Education for All Children
    For most children, school is their home away from home. There they form friendships, socialize, grow, and learn.  Children and their families rely on teachers, principals, and other school staff to nurture and protect them when away from home.  And families and educators have a shared responsibility to work together and ensure that schools are Continue Reading The post Ensuring Education for All C...
  • What Gets Measured, Gets Done: DC Public Schools’ FAFSA Completion Initiative
    Let’s state the obvious: 1) Financial aid plays a huge factor in students’ college-going decisions and success (especially low-income students); and 2) Completing the FAFSA is essential for students to access almost all forms of financial aid. So, for a large urban district like DC Public Schools, where 77 percent of our students qualify for Continue Reading The post What Gets Measured, Gets Done:...

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