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Jamila Smith, left, and Danielle Smith pack their office belongings at the Education Department in Washington. Both employees are staff members in the office of the deputy secretary who will be transferring to the new the office of state support.
—Eric Kruszewski for Education Week

Federal Monitoring of K-12 Efforts to Take Team Approach

A new office at the U.S. Department of Education will aim to reduce duplication and boost support for states when it comes to monitoring and administering federal grant programs. (October 7, 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.

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Politics K-12 Blog

10/23 10:39 am | Ed. Department Teacher Prep Regulations Delayed (Again) | Delayed teacher preparation regulations from the U.S. Department of Education are supposed to hold federal teacher-preparation programs more accountable.

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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.

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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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With control of the U.S. Senate at stake, the two national teachers' unions are among those pouring campaign funds into pivotal contests with implications for education policy.
October 22, 2014 - Education Week
The next versions of three federal surveys will add questions related to LGBT students to help provide a clearer picture of their experiences in school.
October 21, 2014 - Education Week
A Connecticut official shares that state's experience--and lessons learned--from its participation in the multibillion-dollar School Improvement Grant Program.
October 21, 2014 - Education Week
One of the biggest tensions emerging around the growth of personalized learning centers on questions about how to use and protect sensitive student information.
October 20, 2014 - Education Week
Depending on which party takes control of the chamber, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., or Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is seen as most likely to helm the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.
October 14, 2014 - Education Week
Legislation in Congress would open the door to "staggered testing," letting states give summative exams only in certain grades in a departure from the NCLB testing regime.
October 13, 2014 - Education Week
District technology and instructional leaders face a daunting task when trying to figure out which learning management system to choose. Here’s advice from the director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education and a district technology director.
October 9, 2014 - Education Week
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October 8, 2014 - Education Week
An effort to reach a common definition of bullying for research purposes could lead to more evidence-based solutions for schools.
October 7, 2014 - Education Week
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan warns that the office may investigate states, districts, and schools that aren't doing enough to ensure equal access.
October 7, 2014 - Education Week

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