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DeVos appointee who oversaw America’s student-loan portfolio resigns as Biden education secretary pledges to ease student-debt burden

Mark Brown, the head of the office overseeing the government’s student-loan portfolio, resigned Friday, following calls on the Biden administration to remove Brown, who was appointed by former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. 

Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said in a statement Friday morning that he’d accepted Brown’s resignation from the post of chief operating officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid. In the statement, Cardona also hinted at his priorities for the office and higher education and student debt more broadly. 

“Under my leadership, the Department of Education will work to strengthen college as a reliable pathway to

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It’s back to school for Jill Biden and new education chief

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Jill Biden, the teacher in the White House, along with new Education Secretary Miguel Cardona went back to school Wednesday in a public push to show districts that have yet to transition back to in-person learning that it can be done safely during the pandemic.

“Teachers want to be back,” the first lady said after she and Cardona spent about an hour visiting classrooms and other areas at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Meriden, Connecticut. “We want to be back. I’m a teacher. I am teaching virtually.”

Biden is a veteran community college English professor who

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Jill Biden is traveling with newly confirmed Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on Wednesday

Jill Biden will travel to Connecticut and Pennsylvania on Wednesday with newly confirmed Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, a testament to a first lady well on the move.

Why it matters: Biden already is the only first lady to hold a full-time job. She also has a portfolio focused on education, cancer and veterans’ issues. Now, she’s built a robust staff in the East Wing and is planning a busy travel schedule of her own.

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  • Biden will visit schools reopening under her husband’s first-100-days

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Joe Biden omits Dr Seuss from Read Across America Day proclamation amid concerns over racist undertones

Joe Biden pictured in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on 1 March (Getty Images)

Joe Biden pictured in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on 1 March (Getty Images)

US president Joe Biden did not mention whimsical children’s author Dr Seuss in his Read Across America Day proclamation.

The event, founded by the National Education Association in 1998 to promote reading among youngsters, takes place on the birthday of the author, real name Theodor Seuss Geisel.

Both Barack Obama and Donald Trump made reference to Seuss in their yearly speeches, but Biden neglected to mention the Green Eggs and Ham author.

Though the White House has not confirmed the reason for the apparent

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Biden Education Department Offers Flexibility in Testing, But Doesn’t Exempt States | Education News

The Education Department, in its first major decision under the Biden administration, told states that they will be granted significant flexibility in how and when they administer annual tests, but they will not be exempt from administering them – a blow to teachers unions who had been pushing the White House to release states from the federal standardized testing requirement.

“The Department of Education is committed to supporting all states in assessing student learning during the pandemic to help target resources and support to the students with the greatest needs,” said Ian Rosenblum, acting assistant secretary for elementary and secondary

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