United States Department of Education

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United States
Department of Education
US-DeptOfEducation-Seal.svg
Seal of the US Department of Education
Department overview
Formed October 17, 1979
Preceding agency United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
Jurisdiction Federal government of the United States
Employees 5,000 (2007)
Annual budget Discretionary: $56.0 billion (2006)
Mandatory: $13.4 billion (2006)
Agency executives Arne Duncan, Secretary
Anthony W. Miller, Deputy Secretary
Child agency Click here
Website
www.ed.gov
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education building, ED headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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.