United States Department of Education facts for kids
Seal of the US Department of Education
|Formed||October 17, 1979|
|Jurisdiction||Federal government of the United States|
|Annual budget||Discretionary: $56.0 billion (2006)
Mandatory: $13.4 billion (2006)
The United States Department of Education (also referred to as ED, for Education Department) is a Cabinet-level department of the United States government. Created by the Department of Education Organization Act (Public Law 96-88), it was signed into law by President Jimmy Carter on October 17, 1979 and began operating on May 4, 1980.
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A construction project to repair and update the building façade at the Department of Education headquarters in 2002 resulted in the installation of structures at all of the entrances to protect employees and visitors from falling debris. ED redesigned these protective structures to promote the No Child Left Behind Act. The structures were temporary and were removed in 2008. Source: U.S. Department of Education,
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