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Department of Education freezes student loan payments through September

At the request of President Joe Biden, the Department of Education on Thursday extended the already nearly yearlong pause on student loan payments through September, allowing the new administration to begin delivering on its campaign promise to prioritize and begin addressing the more than $1.5 trillion debt crisis.

Requesting the department issue a forbearance extension on federal student loans was among 17 executive actions Mr. Biden signed on his first day in office Wednesday evening. Many, including his action on student debt and and an extension on eviction and foreclosure moratoriums, are aimed at relieving Americans from economic burdens worsened

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Miguel Cardona: What to know about Biden’s education secretary pick

President Biden has tapped Miguel Cardona to lead the Education Department, and he’ll soon have the chance to make his case for the job before the Senate during a confirmation hearing. 

If confirmed, Cardona will step into the hot seat after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who was the bitter target of Democratic scorn for her changes to Title IX, her support of school choice and charter programs, and for changes to Obama-era student loan borrowing policies.

Here’s everything to know about Cardona, 45, Connecticut’s education commissioner:

He was an ESL learner in Connecticut public schools 

Cardona grew up in Meridien,

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Biden Revokes Trump Report Promoting ‘Patriotic Education’ | Political News

By COLLIN BINKLEY, AP Education Writer

President Joe Biden on Wednesday revoked a recent Trump administration report that aimed to promote “patriotic education” in schools but that historians mocked and rejected as political propaganda.

In an executive order signed in his first day in office, Biden disband Donald Trump’s presidential 1776 Commission and withdrew a report it released Monday. Trump established the group in September to rally support from white voters and as a response to The New York Times’ “1619 Project,” which highlights the lasting consequences of slavery in America.

In its report, which Trump hoped would be used

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Biden directs Department of Education to extend student loan payment freeze

In one of his first actions as president, Joe Biden on Wednesday directed the Department of Education to extend the nearly year long pause on student loan payments through September 30, delivering on the new administration’s campaign promise to prioritize and begin addressing the nearly $1.6 trillion debt crisis.

Requesting a forbearance extension on federal student loans was among 17 executive actions Mr. Biden signed on his first day in office. Many, including his action on student debt and and an extension on eviction and foreclosure moratoriums, are aimed at relieving Americans from economic burdens worsened by the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Education in virus era dominates Tennessee special session

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, responding to educational challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, directed state lawmakers Tuesday to quickly pass teacher pay raises and adopt a new reading benchmark for students to pass third grade.

But the Republican governor also had harsh remarks for schools that had rebuffed his push for in-person learning, declaring that those districts were not using science to make such decisions — a criticism that has sparked objections from Democratic lawmakers and education advocates.

“You can’t say follow the science and keep school closed,” Lee said. “You can’t say I believe in public

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