Federal Policy

The latest news about federal policy, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

President Obama and 2014 National Teacher of the Year finalists applaud Sean McComb, second from right, a high school English teacher from Maryland, as the 2014 National Teacher of the Year during an event at the White House.
—Susan Walsh/AP

House Education Chairman to Push for More Special Education Aid

Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House education committee, plans to pour new energy into bolstering funding for special education. (April 1, 2014)

Spotlight on No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

This Spotlight looks at where adjustments have been made to the controversial NCLB and what lies ahead for the law and schools.

Spotlight on the Stimulus

This Spotlight brings together the latest information and analysis on the federal economic-stimulus package.

Spotlight on Race to the Top

This Spotlight examines insider perspectives on Race to the Top policy, the role of standards in the competitive grant program, and states' preparations to secure their piece of the funding pie.

Issue Backgrounder

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Politics K-12 Blog

10/01 08:12 pm | U.S. Deputy Ed. Secretary Jim Shelton to Step Down | Jim Shelton, No. 2 at the Education Department, prepares to step down from his post.

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K-12 American Since 1981
This interactive timeline digs deep into the Education Week archives to tell the story of U.S. education over the past 30 years, with a special focus on presidential terms.

On-Demand Webinar

The Economic Stimulus and K-12 Education
Two representatives from the U.S. Department of Education and a district schools superintendent discussed the impact of the Economic Stimulus.

Special Collections

Commentaries: The Federal Role in Education
These essays have been adapted for Education Week from the recently published book Carrots, Sticks, and the Bully Pulpit. The explore federal involvement in education policy.

Turnaround Watch: The School Improvement Grant Program
Education Week looks at how SIG funds are being used in efforts to revitalize some of the nation's lowest-performing schools.

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October 1, 2014 - Education Week
School district police units around the country have acquired armored vehicles, semiautomatic weapons, and grenade launchers through a controversial program run by the Defense Department.
September 30, 2014 - Education Week
More than a third of states with NCLB waivers say they’re interested in a federal offer to put off until the end of the school year using student scores as part of teacher evaluations.
September 30, 2014 - Education Week
Federal officials face a split among advocates and educators on whether to set a bright line for states in deciding if minorities are overidentified for special education services.
September 30, 2014 - Education Week
September 30, 2014 - Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court has gone five years without hearing a single case involving a school district or local school official as the party bringing the case or as the respondent.
September 30, 2014 - Education Week
Accountability, governance, common standards, and funding are among the top issues in the tight races for governor and state schools superintendent in Georgia.
September 29, 2014 - Education Week
Aftershocks continue from the 1989 meeting in Charlottesville, Va., where the White House and the nation's governors took an aggressive turn toward standards-based accountability in public education.
September 23, 2014 - Education Week
If federal officials would dedicate one penny of every dollar spent on K-12 learning to education research, the payback would be enormous, Robert Balfanz writes.
September 23, 2014 - Education Week
September 23, 2014 - Education Week

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