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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08/31 12:01 pm | Arne Duncan's Back-to-School Bus Tour to Focus on Preschool through Career | The theme is "Ready for Success" with a lot of emphasis on the bookends of the edu-spectrum: early and higher education.

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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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This primer on the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act—the latest iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA—includes information about compliance, proficiency, and waivers; milestones in the law’s history; main criticisms; and resources for further reading.
April 10, 2015 - Education Week
Half a century after passage of the nation's main K-12 education law, calibrating the proper federal role in education remains an elusive goal and a subject of heated debate.
March 31, 2015 - Education Week
Those seeking to quantify the effect of Title I aid on the achievement of poor children face a number of hurdles stemming from the nature of the program itself.
March 31, 2015 - Education Week
Key studies over the past several decades have sought to draw meaningful conclusions about the federal funding stream aimed at the education of disadvantaged students.
March 31, 2015 - Education Week
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act has seen numerous changes in its 50-year history. View an interactive timeline showing milestones since the ESEA's passage in 1965.
March 31, 2015 - Education Week
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
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

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