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    Virginia Education Department sued over guidelines to protect transgender students

    The department’s adopted guidelines, which fill 26 pages, specifically mandate that schools allow students to access “restrooms, locker rooms and changing facilities” that conform to their gender identities. The guidelines also stipulate schools should let students participate in gender-specific programs or activities — such as physical education, overnight field trips and intramural sports — according to their gender identities. One suit was filed Monday in Lynchburg Circuit Court by the Christian Action Network, a religious advocacy group that campaigned against establishing a mosque at Ground Zero of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and which the Southern Poverty Law Center classifies as a hate group. The second was filed in Richmond City…

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    LGBTQ students file class-action lawsuit against Department of Education

    Lucas Wilson said he received conversion therapy from a student club called Band of Brothers at Liberty University from 2008 to 2012, when he was an undergraduate student. Wilson, now 30, said when he visited campus prior to enrolling, he saw an ad for “struggling with same-sex attraction.” “The biggest factor in why I chose Liberty was ultimately the conversion therapy program because I, in fact, believed that one could become straight,” Wilson said. He is now one of 33 LGBTQ students who are suing the Department of Education in a class-action lawsuit filed Monday. The students allege that they faced discrimination at 25 federally funded Christian colleges and universities…

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    Education Department throws out Trump-era rule for defrauded students

    The Education Department (ED) has thrown out a Trump-era rule that limited debt relief for 72,000 borrowers who had graduated from fraudulent for-profit colleges. “We conducted a review of the partial relief methodology that was in place and determined that it was not granting appropriate levels of relief to borrowers given the degree of harm they witnessed,” a senior department official stated on a call with reporters. “The feeling was that [the methodology] didn’t quite go far enough.” Full debt relief will be applied “for claims that have been approved to date,” the official added, meaning that defrauded borrowers who have already received partial forgiveness will get a full discharge.…

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    Education Department Rolls Back Trump Student Loan Policies : NPR

    U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona speaks at the White House on Wednesday. The Department of Education says it is scrapping a controversial, Trump-era policy that granted only partial student loan relief to borrowers who were defrauded by private, for-profit colleges. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption toggle caption Andrew Harnik/AP U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona speaks at the White House on Wednesday. The Department of Education says it is scrapping a controversial, Trump-era policy that granted only partial student loan relief to borrowers who were defrauded by private, for-profit colleges. Andrew Harnik/AP The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday it is scrapping a controversial formula, championed by former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos,…

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    FAFSA: Black and Latino students are getting audited by the Education Department

    Nearly a quarter of the roughly 18 million students who filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, were selected for verification in the 2019-2020 cycle. By comparison, the Internal Revenue Service audited less than half a percent of all returns last year. The federal government is taking steps to lower the number of students subjected to verification, but it remains an added hurdle for students reliant on federal support to pursue higher education and vexing enough to derail some. Brayneisha Edwards, 20, wondered whether she was cut out for college after verification left her scrambling to pay for school in the fall. Edwards, a sophomore studying psychology…

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    Education Department Details New Survey to Explore COVID-19’s Effects on Students

    A first-of-its-kind federal data collection will provide monthly updates on how many students are attending school in-person and other indicators related to education during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Education announced Friday. The survey results will be reported monthly and later analyzed alongside students’ scores on the 2022 National Assessment of Educational Progress to track the academic effects of the pandemic, the agency said. The data collection, made in response to an executive order from President Joe Biden, will also help track his goal of reopening “a majority of K-8 schools” within the first 100 days of his administration. Notably, the data will not be pulled from every…

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    Education Department Will Begin To Track School Reopening : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

    School children wearing facemasks walk outside Condit Elementary School near Houston in December. The U.S. Department of Education announced Friday that it will begin collecting data on the status of in-person learning during the pandemic. François Picard/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption François Picard/AFP via Getty Images School children wearing facemasks walk outside Condit Elementary School near Houston in December. The U.S. Department of Education announced Friday that it will begin collecting data on the status of in-person learning during the pandemic. François Picard/AFP via Getty Images Ever since the pandemic closed the nation’s schools in March 2020, there has been no official national source for understanding where…

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