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

Jackelin Alfaro, 5, a U.S. citizen whose father Oscar Alfaro is from Honduras, plays at a rally near the White House a day after President Obama shielded millions of undocumented immigrant parents from deportation.
—Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Obama Shields Immigrant Parents From Deportation

The nearly 4 million K-12 students who have at least one undocumented parent stand to benefit from the president’s executive action. (December 2, 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

01/23 02:12 pm | Ed. Dept. and Texas Tussle Over Teacher Evaluation | The feds told Texas that its teacher evaluation system isn't coming close to cutting the mustard when it comes to what's expected for states with NCLB waivers.

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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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Several witnesses implored Sen. Alexander to maintain annual testing in the ESEA, but he continues to entertain alternatives.
January 23, 2015 - Education Week
Worries over federal compliance slow implementation of a new law giving school-based teams the power to develop course-completion and graduation standards for some special education students.
January 20, 2015 - Education Week
A proposed new federal Student Digital Privacy Act would put new restrictions on how companies use student data, but hurdles abound.
January 20, 2015 - Education Week
There's no end in sight to the Institute of Education Sciences' long wait to fill top leadership vacancies and get a reauthorization.
January 20, 2015 - Education Week
The big questions are how to pay for the $60 billion initiative proposed by President Barack Obama and whether the Republican-controlled Congress will approve it.
January 20, 2015 - Education Week
A long history of failed federal policies has some tribal leaders and educators skeptical of the Obama administration’s plan to improve the Bureau of Indian Education.
January 13, 2015 - Education Week
Private day-care operations can tap into extensive federal early-learning money, in exchange for meeting strict Head Start standards.
January 13, 2015 - Education Week
January 13, 2015 - Education Week
As Republicans take charge on Capitol Hill, lawmakers mull scaling back state testing under the No Child Left Behind Act—a move that would thrill some advocates and rile others.
January 9, 2015 - Education Week
The "free care rule" does not apply to health services provided in schools, federal officials say. That means schools can be reimbursed for more services they provide to low-income students.
January 6, 2015 - Education Week

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