Elementary and Secondary Education Act

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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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The only way to make large-scale improvements in schools is by developing and rigorously evaluating promising methods, and then scaling up the ones that work, Robert E. Slavin writes.
March 29, 2011 - Education Week
The president prods Congress in a speech to overhaul what is now the No Child Left Behind Act—and warns against more cuts to education spending in the federal budget battle.
March 14, 2011 - Education Week
A rewrite of ESEA should make over the program's "supplement, not supplant" and comparability provisions, experts argue.
March 14, 2011 | Updated: March 24, 2012 - Education Week
A renewed Elementary and Secondary Education Act may drop the "2 percent" rule on alternate exams for students with disabilities.
March 8, 2011 - Education Week
More than a dozen education programs, including Teach for America, lose federal funding under a stopgap spending bill the president signed to avoid a government shutdown.
March 4, 2011 | Updated: March 24, 2012 - Education Week
Their set of principles closely mirrors the Obama administration's own vision for overhauling the law.
March 2, 2011 | Updated: March 24, 2012 - Education Week
A hearing shows broad consensus that the federal government should set a high bar for achievement, then let states and district take the lead.
February 22, 2011 - Education Week
As President Obama makes a high-profile pitch for improving education, key lawmakers say they’re ready to work with the White House in a bipartisan way.
January 28, 2011 | Updated: March 24, 2012 - Education Week
An active role is seen as crucial to chances for renewal of the education law by a divided Congress.
January 18, 2011 - Education Week
With prospects dimming that Congress will overhaul the law soon, the groups hope the U.S. Department of Education will ease up on provisions they see as onerous.
November 15, 2010 - Education Week

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