department-of-education

Biden announces plan to cancel some student loan balances under $12,000

BY: - January 12, 2024

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Friday that some federal student loan borrowers will have their loans cancelled under the Department of Education’s new repayment plan. Starting next month, people who took out under $12,000 in federal student loans and have been repaying those loans for 10 years will get their remaining student loan balance […]

Researchers look at how to help more community college students gain four-year degrees

BY: - December 30, 2023

The U.S. Department of Education released data about the institutions where transfer students have the highest graduation rates in each state, with New Jersey, New York, Illinois, Maryland and Virginia doing the best. At the other end were South Dakota, Delaware, Indiana, New Mexico and Louisiana. Pennsylvania was roughly in the middle of the pack.

U.S. Department of Education announces Dec. 31 rollout for new FAFSA

BY: - November 15, 2023

Schools and applicants have been waiting eagerly for the announcement after the agency said on March 21 that it would roll out the form in December

U.S. Dept. of Education says Arcadia University failed to investigate sexual harassment allegations

BY: - October 31, 2023

The Department of Education says the school had received multiple reports of a professor harassing female students, but did not take the proper action.

White House provides another $9 billion in student debt relief as pandemic pause ends

BY: - October 4, 2023

WASHINGTON — As federal student loan repayments restart, the Biden administration Wednesday announced an additional $9 billion in student loan forgiveness for 125,000 borrowers. “For years, millions of eligible borrowers were unable to access the student debt relief they qualified for, but that’s all changed thanks to President Biden and this Administration’s relentless efforts to […]

Millions enrolled in new student loan repayment program

BY: - September 6, 2023

WASHINGTON — More than 4 million federal student loan borrowers are enrolled in the Biden administration’s new repayment program, according to figures released Tuesday by the Department of Education. Of that number, 170,200 borrowers are in Pennsylvania With the pause of more than three years on federal student loan repayments coming to an end in […]

Parents have no right to allow their children’s gender transition, Republicans say

BY: - July 27, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans on a panel for limited federal government on Thursday argued that parents should not be allowed to let their transgender children have access to gender-affirming care. “A parent has no right to sexually transition a young child,” the chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Limited Government, […]

Pennsylvania Education Secretary-designee Dr. Khalid N. Mumin (Photo courtesy Gov-elect Josh Shapiro transition).

Shapiro taps suburban Philly superintendent for education chief

BY: - January 9, 2023

With days to go before he takes office, Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro continued to fill his cabinet on Monday, naming a suburban Philadelphia school superintendent to run the state Department of Education. The Democrat picked Dr. Khalid N. Mumin, who most recently served as superintendent of the Lower Merion school district in Montgomery County, as his […]

Millions of Pennsylvanians eligible for federal student loan relief, Wolf admin says

BY: - October 3, 2022

In Pennsylvania, where student loan debt ranks among the highest in the nation, 1,717,300 borrowers are eligible for debt relief, including 988,800 who are eligible for $20,000 in debt relief, and 731,000 who will have their federal loans completely forgiven, according to the U.S. Department of Education. 

Wolf admin. encourages parents, guardians to update immunizations for children ahead of school year

BY: - August 8, 2022

A COVID-19 vaccine is not required for children to attend school, but state officials said Monday that the Wolf administration encourages the vaccine for children five years of age and older. 

Pa. reports lower performance on standardized tests

BY: - March 4, 2022

The federal Every Student Succeeds Act mandates the annual standardized tests.

Are GOP lawmakers pushing ban on transgender athletes ignoring gender inequities at home districts?

BY: - September 7, 2021

Last spring, state Rep. Barbara Gleim, R-Cumberland, introduced  HB 972 or the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” touting it as a way to “protect” women’s sports, despite the absence of any scientific evidence that cisgender athletes would be displaced by, or outperformed, by transgender athletes.