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US Dept of Education - A Guide Even Betsy DeVos Can Understand

Introduction to US Dept of Education

While researching the US Dept of Education, I learned quite a bit. I was surprised to see many people having the same basic questions. There are lots of articles that involve vague answers filled with education and political jargon that simply don't really answer the main points. After experiencing my own frustration with these types of articles, I thought I would leave out the jargon and answer the questions as if I had to explain it to the current US Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.

Through my research I found DeVos is a very unlikable character by the majority of individuals involved in journalism, late night television, politics, and in the education industry. Many of which at the least find her not qualified for the job. Below is a video by the National Educational Association about Betsy DeVos and record on public education. Please don't view Betsy DeVos' poor choices as a reflection of the US Dept of Education. This government entity is better than that and is quite useful. Keep reading to see what I mean.

The irony of the headline for this article is comical because I came to learn through not just this HuffPost article, but other sources as well, that DeVos is considered to be among the least popular Cabinet members, and this same woman was barely confirmed to her position. In the clip below from the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, she flunked Her '60 Minutes' Test.

Some of DeVos latest controversies can be found in this article from Politico where it elaborates on the issue involving DeVos in violating a judge's order and DeVos now held in contempt of court with an imposed $100,000 for failing to forgive student debt. If that's not bad enough there's always this little nugget from Business Insider showing her confirmation hearing in 2017 when asked about her thoughts on guns in school, DeVos expressed the need to protect students from grizzly bears. Still need more? In the clip below from the The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, thanks to Betsy DeVos fraudulent for-profit schools are now making a comeback.

Now that we had our fun explaining the incompetent person currently heading the US Dept of Education, let's answer your questions in a way where even Betsy DeVos could understand the answer.

A quick bonus (because you are cool like that and you scrolled more): here's a video from the National Education Association about 3 Reasons Betsy DeVos is Unqualified to be Secretary of Education.

What does the US Dept of Education do?

Simply put, the US Dept of Education is responsible for maintaining policies related to education and improving the educational system. The US Dept of Education is responsible for providing financial aid, collecting educational data, and identifying various educational issues. Particularly noted, the US Dept of Education is a great resource for student loans, grants, laws, and data.

With the US Dept of Education, you can get all the information you need to apply for or manage repayment of your federal student loans. You can learn more about grant opportunities, applications, and details about grants awarded. You can find federal education legislation, regulations, guidance, and other policy documents. You can also explore and download data and learn about education-related data and research.

If you have a spare 5 and a half hours to kill, you can always sit and watch the Examining the Policies and Priorities of the US Dept of Education video shown here.

How do I contact the US Dept of Education?

US Dept of Education Phone Number

(202) 401-2000

US Dept of Education Address:

400 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20202

If you plan on taking public transit then take the Metro Orange/Blue or Green/Yellow Lines to L'Enfant Plaza: Follow signs to for 7th St., Maryland Ave., Smithsonian Museums exit, follow escalator to Maryland Ave, and continue NE on Maryland Ave (toward US Capitol) for approx 1 1/2 blocks, to 400 Maryland Ave on right-hand side.

US Dept of Education Hours:

Sunday Closed

Monday 9 AM – 5 PM

Tuesday 9 AM – 5 PM

Wednesday 9 AM – 5 PM

Thursday 9 AM – 5 PM

Friday 9 AM – 5 PM

Saturday Closed

US Dept of Education Website:

US Dept of Education Milestones

No Child Left Behind Flexibility

September 23, 2011

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility package was announced by President Obama, allowing states to implement their own plans to raise standards, improve accountability and undertake essential reforms to improve teacher effectiveness.

President Obama Announces Race to the Top

July 24, 2009

President Obama announces “Race to the Top,” a competition to get states to implement school reforms that produce real results. The $4.35 billion fund will reward eligible states for their accomplishments, and create incentives for future improvements.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

February 17, 2009

President Barack Obama signs the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; this bill includes $100 billion for education.

Education Sciences Reform Act

November 2002