Department of Education

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The United States Department of Education’s (ED) mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. ED was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies.

ED’s 4,400 employees and $68 billion budget are dedicated to: 1) establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds; 2) collecting data on America’s schools and disseminating research; 3) focusing national attention on key educational issues; and 4) prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.

Through its work including the Office of the Undersecretary, Office for Civil Rights and Office of Federal Student Financial Aid-Clery Act Compliance, you will find resources, materials, guidance and publications for colleges and universities to more effectively respond to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

Protecting our students’ civil rights is fundamental to ensuring they receive a high-quality education. Two recently released reports spotlight the challenges and achievements of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Those reports can be downloaded below.

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