Elementary and Secondary Education Act

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U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., center, chairman of the Senate education committee, talks with staff members as the committee prepares to mark up a proposed reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
—T.J. Kirkpatrick for Education Week

Fresh Battles Loom When Full Senate Takes Up ESEA Rewrite

The compromise bill approved by the Senate education committee to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act faces other priorities awaiting debate, and is likely to draw intense partisan sparring. (April 17, 2015)

Spotlight on No Child Left Behind

This Spotlight looks at where adjustments have been made to the controversial No Child Left Behind law.

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04/24 11:19 am | Title IX Coordinators Key to Compliance, Education Department Reminds Schools | Schools must have well-trained Title IX coordinators who are visible and known to students, the U.S. Department of Education said in guidance released Friday.

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Commentaries: The Federal Role in Education
This collection of essays adapted for Education Week from the book Carrots, Sticks, and the Bully Pulpit examines federal involvement in education policy.

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With the clock ticking on the Obama administration’s time in office, the education secretary discusses NCLB waivers, testing, Race to the Top, and other issues.
March 31, 2015 - Education Week
Negotiations on a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act continue among key senators, despite a recent setback in the U.S. House of Representatives.
March 17, 2015 - Education Week
Any rewrite of the outdated No Child Left Behind Act will need a new name that captures both its policy essence and the public's attention.
March 17, 2015 - Education Week
Two days of floor debate on the House Republican measure to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act revealed sharp differences over K-12 policy.
March 3, 2015 - Education Week
Decades of policy work could offer rivals plenty to critique should the former first lady, senator, and secretary of state make a run for the White House in 2016.
March 3, 2015 - Education Week
The National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers step up lobbying efforts, targeting lawmakers in their districts.
February 24, 2015 - Education Week
Title I and the federal role in K-12 are among the top issues as a revision of the No Child Left Behind Act passes the House education committee.
February 17, 2015 - Education Week
Voucher opponents worry about a provision in a draft bill to revise the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that would let aid for poor children follow them to their public schools of choice.
February 3, 2015 - Education Week
Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill agree that teacher evaluations are crucial, but as they take up the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, they are shying away from such a requirement.
February 3, 2015 - Education Week
At a recent national conference in Florida, advocates and parents strategized on getting more people involved in the growing practice of "test refusal."
January 27, 2015 - Education Week

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