What's at Stake for Schools in the Debt Ceiling Debate

What does a potential game of chicken over raising the federal debt ceiling mean for education? There are a host of politically complicated issues attached to the nation's borrowing limit. (August 21, 2017)

Grade Inflation Is Greater in Wealthier Schools, Study Says

A new study finds that grades are rising more at private and suburban schools more than they are in urban schools, a trend that experts worry puts low-income students at a disadvantage as they apply to college. (August 18, 2017)

Democrats Press Trump Administration on Plans for Affirmative Action

(August 21, 2017)

Setback for DACA Supporters Places Program's Fate Squarely in Trump's Hands

(August 18, 2017)

Ed. Dept. Steps Up Pace of States' ESSA Plan Reviews

(August 17, 2017)

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  • President Jimmy Carter looks on at left, Shirley M. Hufstedler is sworn in as the nation’s first Secretary of Education by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger, while her husband,  Seth Hufstedler, holds a Bible in on Dec. 6, 1979.  —AP-File
  • President George H.W. Bush shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander, on March 22, 1991, after Alexander  took the ceremonial oath of office at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.  In the background is the exhibit portraying America's successful 1969 lunar landing. —Bob Daugherty/AP-File
  • Vice President Mike Pence, right, swears in Betsy DeVos as the U.S. Secretary of Education on Feb. 7, 2017, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington. DeVos' husband, Dick DeVos, is at center. —Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP-File

At a Glance: U.S. Secretaries of Education

The U.S. Department of Education has had 11 secretaries since its birth as a Cabinet-level department in 1980. Check out these pages for a deep look at each secretary's tenure, challenges, and accomplishments. (August 21, 2017)

When We Talk About Race, Let's Be Honest

(August 21, 2017)

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Facing Our Confederate Past

The recent events in Charlottesville, Va., demand that Americans rethink how we teach the Civil War, writes historian Melvin Patrick Ely. (August 16, 2017)

Yes, Race and Politics Belong in the Classroom

Ten tips for constructively engaging students on divisive political, social, racial, and economic issues, from H. Richard Milner IV. (August 16, 2017)

Is Artificial Intelligence the Future of Education?

As technology available to schools increases, the role of teachers may change. (August 21, 2017)

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Leaders To Learn From 2017

Education Week recognizes 14 bold and committed district leaders who demonstrate a powerful combination of tenacity and humility in bringing about systemwide change to benefit students and educators.
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Helping Immigrant Students Adjust to New Schools, New Lives

To help build linguistic and cultural bridges between educators and the Somali community, school district leaders hired Ahmed Hassan and Bishar Hassan.
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Digital Directions

Comcast Expands Broadband Program for Low-Income Families

The cable company will offer faster internet speeds and on-the-go Wi-Fi access to customers in a broadband program for low-income households. (August 15, 2017)

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The Nation's Teaching Force Is Still Mostly White and Female

While a vast majority of the nation’s public school teachers are white women, the latest data from the federal staffing survey shows increasing diversity, and big differences between the teaching force at traditional and charter schools. (August 15, 2017)

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Urban Schools Join Forces on Teaching Materials for ELLs

A coalition of big-city districts has created the first purchasing consortium of urban systems focused on developing materials for English-language learners. This story is from EdWeek Market Brief, a new service offering business and school leaders actionable insights about the K-12 marketplace. (August 11, 2017)

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