Education Department Announces $693 Million in Disaster Aid: Schools in California, Puerto Rico, and Texas will receive $693 million in federal aid to help with recovery from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the 2017 California wildfires. Announced Monday, the funding will be administered through the Immediate Aid to Restart School Operations (K-12 Restart) program. The Puerto Rico Department of Education will receive $589 million, while Texas will receive $89.4 million and California will receive $14.4 million.
OMB Reviewing Proposed Borrower Defense Rule: The Office of Management and Budget isreviewing the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed “borrower defense to repayment” rule. The negotiated rulemaking panel convened by the Department earlier this year was unable to reach a consensus, leading the Department to draft its own rules based-on (but not bound by) the negotiations. The final rule, if published by November 1, 2018 will go into effect July 1, 2019. For more information on the negotiated rulemaking process, check out W/A’s update and cheat sheet from January.
DeVos Meets with 2018 Teachers of the Year: On Monday, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos hosted a closed-door roundtable discussion with the 2018 Teachers of the Year. DeVos spoke with teachers from all 50 states about the challenges they face on the job, and answered questions related to education policy and funding.