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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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03/31 01:30 pm | Arne Duncan Gives Five States 'Early Bird' Renewal of NCLB Waivers | Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Mexico, and Virginia will get to keep their waivers for another four years, through 2018-19, or beyond the end of the Obama ...

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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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Half a century after passage of the nation's main K-12 education law, calibrating the proper federal role in education remains an elusive goal and a subject of heated debate.
March 31, 2015 - Education Week
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act has seen numerous changes in its 50-year history. View an interactive timeline showing milestones since the ESEA's passage in 1965.
March 31, 2015 - Education Week
A flurry of parents seeking to opt their children out of new assessments has some states seeking guidance from federal officials on test-participation mandates.
March 31, 2015 - Education Week
With the clock ticking on the Obama administration’s time in office, the education secretary discusses NCLB waivers, testing, Race to the Top, and other issues.
March 31, 2015 - Education Week
The policy implications of the ESEA, and its most recent reauthorization, the No Child Left Behind Act, have been at the heart of an enduring public debate.
March 31, 2015 - Education Week
March 31, 2015 - Education Week
March 31, 2015 - Education Week
A task force report two years in the making recommends significant changes to the state's education system to improve achievement for students with disabilities.
March 24, 2015 - Education Week
Sometimes the common core seems like a blank projection screen for what people want to see, says teacher Peter Greene.
March 23, 2015 - Education Week
Charlotte Danielson explains what a study uncovered about the kind of support educators need to implement the standards.
March 23, 2015 - Education Week

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