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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10/03 02:32 pm | NEA Endorses Hillary Clinton in Democratic Primary | The endorsement comes despite serious misgivings from some affiliates, who were hoping a slower endorsement process would give the union more time to extract more policy ...

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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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Michael D. Usdan and Arthur D. Sheekey write that state education agencies are ill-equipped to handle reform, but the process of reauthorizing the ESEA could change that.
May 14, 2012 - Education Week
An updated ESEA should focus on a few evidence-based strategies for improving schools, Marshall S. Smith writes.
May 4, 2012 - Education Week
In order to safeguard equal educational opportunities and set national education goals, Congress must focus on policymaking, not political rancor, argue Charles Barone and Elizabeth DeBray.
May 2, 2012 - Education Week
Applied to the right issues, federal dictates can make their mark in schools, Chester E. Finn Jr. writes.
April 24, 2012 - Education Week
Piecemeal strategies may undercut NCLB-mandated efforts to draw in parents.
April 3, 2012 - Education Week
With Congress deadlocked on renewing NCLB, state school leaders are blazing their own trails on school improvement and innovation.
April 2, 2012 - Education Week
Two bills approved by the House Education committee would give states more running room on K-12 policy, but face a cloudy future.
March 6, 2012 - Education Week
Large-scale reform is a new area of education practice, and policy and research should reflect that, says Donald J. Peurach.
February 28, 2012 - Education Week
The usual partisan lines blur as members of Congress grapple with the federal role in shaping how to judge teacher quality.
February 27, 2012 - Education Week
Winning states had to tailor their plans on how to hold schools accountable for various groups of at-risk students.
February 21, 2012 - Education Week

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