January 20, 2016

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Though testing mandates remain under ESSA, those aiming to rein in assessments say the new law's flexibility for states may work to their advantage.
Among other new initiatives, the famously protective organization has quietly begun devolving more authority to its 52 regions, some of which are pushing the boundaries of the group's model.
State education departments, hollowed out by budget and staff cuts in recent years, gird for new authority and responsibility under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
A federal emergency was issued over the weekend as city and school officials in Flint, Mich., continued to deal with the fallout from high lead levels in the water supply and the threat the crisis poses to children.
The sweeping federal law contains specific language that allows states and local education agencies to channel block grant money focused on technology toward open materials.
News in Brief
Obituary
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
With his co-authors, Doug Lemov seeks to blend best practice and research in a new book on teaching reading in a common-core era.
A series of problems in recent months delayed many ACT, SAT, and PSAT reports to students, counselors, and colleges.
Best of the Blogs
In this special package, Education Week looks at recent changes TFA has embarked on as it enters a new era and the questions they raise about its model, impact, and future course.
The organization is putting a greater emphasis on equity and racial issues, even as its bona fides as a social-justice organization are fiercely contested.
A number of TFA's regions are experimenting with strategies for extending corps members' tenure in teaching beyond two years.
The Education for Justice program, taken by select TFA candidates during their senior year of college, is based on feedback from principals, parents, and teacher educators.
Conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court appear open to overruling a key precedent that lets public-employee unions collect fees from nonmembers for collective bargaining.
The president uses his final State of the Union address to make clear he will press Congress and his successor to continue unfinished pieces of his education agenda.
Advocates sound off on the first of two hearings how federal officials should go about coming up with rules to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country.
To slow skyrocketing higher education debt, colleges and universities must have "skin" in the student-loan game, writes Donald M. Feuerstein.
The NCAA's onerous eligibility requirements for student-athletes has a stranglehold on precollegiate schooling, writes James Lytle.
When it comes to college applications, students should reject the "cult of perfection" and embrace their frailties, writes Florina Rodov.
Letters
In a new report, Ivy League admissions deans and others rethink what matters in prospective students, writes Richard Weissbourd.
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