Department Of Education
The United States Department of Education was created in 1980 in order to ensure equal access to education for all citizens of the US and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation. This remains its mission to this day. The Department of Education employs approximately 4,500 employees who are dedicated to establishing education policy, distributing and monitoring funds meant for education, collecting data on America's schools and disseminating research, focusing national attention on key educational issues and prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education. The Department of Education thus supplements and complements the efforts of states, the local school systems and other instrumentalities of the states, the private sector, public and private nonprofit educational research institutions, community-based organizations, parents, and students to improve the quality of education; Towards this purpose, the Department of Education also runs various programs such as the No Child Left Behind program and the Mathematics and Science Initiative. The Department of Education also implements various teacher training initiatives. The secretary of education is nominated by the president and must be confirmed by the Senate. He or she is the head of the Department of Education and promotes public understanding of the Department of Education's goals and objectives. The secretary is a member of the president's cabinet and is the main advisor to the president on federal policies, programs and activities related to education in the United States. The headquarters and most operations of the Department of Education are in Washington, D.C. In addition to this, there are ten regional offices. These offices represent the Department of Education's programs and interests on a regional basis. The Department of Education also has an excellent website with comprehensive information selected especially for parents, teachers, students, and administrators. There are also links to the state departments of education, K-12 schools, school districts and colleges and universities, other government web resources, libraries and education organizations.