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principally on the best interests of the ELL child, collaborates with other federal, state and local programs to strengthen and coordinate services for ELLs and promote best practices, and monitors funded programs and provides technical assistance to ensure that they focus on outcomes and accountability.

Office of Federal Student Aid

Administers federal student aid programs, providing more than $60 billion of financial aid per year to college students.  Works to modernize the delivery of student financial assistance and improve service to millions of students and the postsecondary institutions they attend.

Office of Innovation and Improvement

The Office of Innovation and Improvement is a nimble, entrepreneurial arm of the U.S. Department of Education. It makes strategic investments in promising educational practices through grants to states, schools, and community organizations. It also leads the movement for greater parental options and information in education. This Office houses two dozen discretionary grant programs, and coordinates the public school choice and supplemental educational services provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Office of Postsecondary Education

The Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) formulates federal postsecondary education policy and administers programs to improve access to quality postsecondary education in the United States.  The office has responsibility for the accrediting agency recognition process and for the coordination of activities between States and the U.S. Department of Education that impact institutional participation in the Federal financial assistance programs.  Administers international education programs and graduate education fellowship programs for disciplines critical to the needs of the United States.

Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools

Supports efforts to create safe schools, respond to crises, prevent drug and alcohol abuse, ensure the health and well being of students, and teach students good citizenship and character.  OSDFS coordinates ED efforts in these areas with other federal agencies and also leads ED Homeland Security efforts.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

Works to improve results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages.  Provides a wide array of support to parents and individuals, school districts and states in three main areas: special education, vocational rehabilitation and research.

Office of Vocational and Adult Education

Supports a wide range of policies, programs, and activities that help young people and adults obtain the knowledge and skills they need to prepare for postsecondary education, successful careers and productive lives.  Provides access to information, research and resources to help students become lifelong learners and make the most of their education, their careers, and their individual human potential.  Activities fall into four areas: High Schools, Career and Technical Education, Community Colleges, and Adult Education and Literacy.

White House Initiative Offices:

Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

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