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United States
Department of Education
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Seal of the U.S. Department of Education
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Flag of the U.S. Department of Education
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Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building, Department Headquarters
Department overview
Formed October 17, 1979; 41 years ago (1979-10-17)
Preceding agencies
Jurisdiction Federal government of the United States
Headquarters Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building, 400 Maryland Avenue, Southwest, Washington, D.C., U.S. 20202
Coordinates: 38°53′11.5″N 77°1′7.9″W / 38.886528°N 77.018861°W / 38.886528; -77.018861
Employees 3912 (2018)
Annual budget $68 billion (2016)
Department executives
Key document
  • Department of Education Organization Act

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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