$5.8 billion in student loans forgiven: Here’s who qualifies
Some 560,000 borrowers who attended a now-closed for-profit college will have $5.8 billion in student loans canceled, the U.S. Department of Education announced. The cancellation of loans associated with Corinthian College represents the largest one-time debt forgiveness by the Department of Education. The new action ensures all borrowers who attended from Corinthian’s founding in 1995 through its closure in April 2015 will get debt relief, CNN reported. At its peak in 2010, Corinthian College had more than 110,000 students at 105 campuses. The colleges closed in 2015 after federal officials determined that they had misled students about the ability to transfer and falsified its job placement rates.mlive.com
CMU president says no racial discrimination involved in decision to eliminate men’s track
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI — Central Michigan University President Robert O. Davies said the decision to eliminate CMU’s men’s track team was based on financial, compliance and student success considerations and had nothing to do with alleged racial discrimination now being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education. “These allegations were made by an individual unaffiliated with the university whose consulting business aims to push universities like ours into reinstating canceled track programs even when it is not in the best interest of the institution or its students,” Davies said during a press conference Thursday, April 28. “I want to be very clear. Allegations of racial discrimination are unfounded, and an investigation is not an indictment.”mlive.com
Federal probe asks: Was CMU cutting men’s track a case of racial discrimination?
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI — The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights will investigate allegations that race-related discrimination played a role in Central Michigan University’s elimination of its men’s track team in 2020. CMU officials confirmed the university was notified of the investigation in a Department of Education letter dated Monday, April 25.mlive.com
Student loan update: 100,000 newly eligible to cancel debt under federal forgiveness program
Due to changes made to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program in October 2021 by the Biden administration, 100,000 student borrowers are now eligible to have their federal student loan debt wiped clean, The U.S. Department of Education announced on Wednesday. The Education Department told reporters that cancellations for those people are expected to total about $6.2 billion in federal student debt relief. About 60% of borrowers certified for PSLF had loans through the Federal Family Education Loan program. Many FFEL recipients have received inaccurate information on how to make progress on toward PSLF loan forgiveness, said the Education Department. Related Content:Student loan repayments, set to restart May 1, may be delayed againAnn Arbor, Ypsilanti have some of nation’s highest student debt to earnings ratios, study findsAnother $415 million in student loan debt forgiven by Biden administrationmlive.com
LGBTQ dating ban at BYU probed in federal investigation
The U.S. Department of Education has opened a civil-rights investigation into how LGBTQ students are disciplined at Brigham Young University, a private religious school. The complaint under investigation came after the school said it would still enforce a ban on same-sex dating even after that section was removed from the written version of the school's honor code, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. Students can be punished for holding hands or kissing someone of the same sex, harsher discipline than that faced by heterosexual couples at the school operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.news.yahoo.com
Western Michigan professors secure $29.5M grant to support Grand Rapids-area children
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Two Western Michigan University professors are expanding educational opportunities for Grand Rapids-area children with the help of a nearly $30 million grant. “We are excited to roll up our sleeves and work collaboratively to improve developmental, educational and social outcomes for the children of Southeast Grand Rapids,” she said. The neighborhood being served by the grant is located in the southeast quadrant of Grand Rapids and includes one high school and 12 feeder schools. The program is a partnership between WMU and Baxter Community Center, Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative, Family Futures, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kent Intermediate School District and LINC UP, the release said. In January, 2020, Grand Rapids city leaders announced the creation of the Grand Rapids Promise Zone Scholarship, which covers the cost of up to 60 credit hours at Grand Rapids Community College.mlive.com
Justice, Education Departments Issue Fact Sheet on Supporting Students at Risk of Self Harm during COVID-19 Era
In recognition of World Mental Health Day, today the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) jointly issued a fact sheet to support students with mental health disabilities, their families, and their schools in the era of COVID-19. Along with the fact sheet, OCR released a letter to educators highlighting the civil rights obligations of schools and postsecondary institutions to students with mental health disabilities. Today’s action responds to pandemic’s effects on students’ mental health and provides information about the federal civil rights laws that protect students with mental health disabilities. The fact sheet entitled Supporting Students at Risk of Self-Harm in the Era of COVID-19, provides information about federal civil rights laws that protect students with mental health disabilities. World Mental Health Day is an international day to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health.justice.gov
Federal government takes notice of South Carolina's stance on masks in schools
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona has sent a letter to South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and Department of Education Superintendent Molly Spearman, warning against policies that prevent school districts from requiring masks.news.yahoo.com
Federal funding threatened over transgender athlete policy
The U.S. Department of Education is threatening to withhold some federal funding for Connecticut school districts if they follow a state policy that allows transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb, File)HARTFORD, Conn. – The U.S. Department of Education is threatening to withhold some federal funding from Connecticut school districts if they follow a state policy that allows transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports. But the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights argues the policy violates the civil rights of girls who are not transgender under Title IX, the federal law that guarantees equal opportunities in education. The ACLU of Connecticut, which is representing the transgender athletes, said the Trump administration is trying to pressure schools into denying transgender athletes an opportunity to compete. “Transgender girls are girls, and the Office of the Attorney General will continue to protect every woman and girl in this state against discrimination.
Michigan, 4 other states sue US department, DeVos over virus relief funds for schools
SAN FRANCISCO The U.S. Department of Education is attempting to take pandemic relief funds away from K-12 public schools and divert the money to private schools, Michigan and four other Democratic-led states argued in a lawsuit filed Tuesday against the Trump administration. Thats how funding is shared with private schools under other federal rules that Congress referenced in the legislation creating the relief aid. It could put some of $1.6 billion allocated for California public schools at risk, he said. Becerra said it is not that private schools are ineligible for relief funds, but he said Congress called for those funds to be distributed on the basis of need. Some of those private schools have already been able to access hundreds of billions of dollars from the CARES ACT Paycheck Protection Program unlike California public schools that cant, he said.
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