The U.S. Department of Education, established in 1980, serves as the central federal agency responsible for formulating and implementing education policies, overseeing educational programs, and allocating federal education funding. It plays a pivotal role in setting and enforcing national education standards, ensuring that students across the country receive a high-quality education. This includes addressing civil rights issues to prevent discrimination in educational institutions, administering federal financial aid programs to support students pursuing higher education
The Department of Education also manages programs and grants for both K-12 and higher education, supporting initiatives aimed at improving student outcomes, teacher development, and educational equity. By collaborating with state and local education agencies.