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Students practice BMX riding in an after-school program in Walla Walla, Wash. After-school programs in Walla Walla and across the country are in limbo because of a disagreement in Congress over federal funding for them.
—Molly Van Wagner for Education Week

After-School Programs Feel Heat From Congress, Critics

A congressional proposal to roll federal after-school funds into a broader block grant has created an opening for critics and a rallying cry for advocates. (April 14, 2015)

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A flurry of parents seeking to opt their children out of new common-core-aligned assessments has some states asking federal officials to clarify test-participation mandates.
March 31, 2015 - Education Week
The approaches diverge from those taken by most of their public school counterparts, but experts suggest the tactics and strategies could be replicated.
March 24, 2015 - Education Week
The spending plan would place increased weight on standardized test scores in teachers' evaluations and make it harder for teachers to earn tenure.
March 24, 2015 - Education Week
Lawmakers approve a plan that would ditch the state’s current education formula, but its fate is entangled with a long-running legal dispute over the funding.
March 24, 2015 - Education Week
Amid a national push to expand early education, officials in a number of cities work to combat chronic nonattendance among preschoolers, seen as a warning sign of issues in the later grades.
March 17, 2015 - Education Week
A still-nascent effort is under way to shift school district budgeting to a multi-year, collaborative process that has finance and academic officials working in tandem.
March 17, 2015 - Education Week
New Republican governors in Illinois, Maryland, and Massachusetts are looking to push K-12 initiatives and make budget choices affecting schools in states where Democrats control the legislatures.
March 3, 2015 - Education Week
Education savings accounts—which allow parents to use public funds to customize schooling for their children—are the newest frontier in school choice.
February 24, 2015 - Education Week
School Improvement Grant rules out this month give more leeway on turnaround strategies to states with waivers, not just to SIG recipients.
February 24, 2015 - Education Week
The "experimental" schools initially housed at universities were envisioned as centers of instructional innovation and teacher training. Many are now private schools.
February 24, 2015 - Education Week

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