Department of Education Organization Act

The Department of Education Organization Act is a United States federal law enacted in 1980.

Congress established the United States Department of Education (ED) on May 4, 1980, in the Department of Education Organization Act (Public Law 96-88 of October 1979). Under this law, ED's mission is to:

* Strengthen the Federal commitment to assuring access to equal educational opportunity for every individual;
* Supplement and complement 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;
* Encourage the increased involvement of the public, parents, and students in Federal education programs;
* Promote improvements in the quality and usefulness of education through Federally supported research, evaluation, and sharing of information;
* Improve the coordination of Federal education programs;
* Improve the management of Federal education activities; and
* Increase the accountability of Federal education programs to the President, the Congress, and the public.