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President Donald Trump, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan, addresses a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, 2017.
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How Trump's Altered the Landscape for Education Advocates

Those who lobby on behalf of public school educators, civil rights issues, and education funding say they're fighting what feels like a multifront war. (May 12, 2017)

Spotlight on ESSA

In this Spotlight, learn what ESSA's implementation will mean for teacher evaluation, early-childhood programs, literacy, and more.

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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08/15 04:27 pm | Betsy DeVos Greenlights ESSA Plans for Connecticut, Louisiana | The states become the fifth and sixth to be approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

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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.

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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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In this transcript, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' talks with The Associated Press in an interview conducted last Wednesday in her office.
August 14, 2017 – AP
More than a third of U.S. states have created school voucher programs that bypass thorny constitutional and political issues by turning them over to nonprofits that rely primarily on businesses to fund them. But the programs are raising questions about transparency and accountability at a time when supporters are urging that they be expanded into a federal program.
August 11, 2017 – AP
It may be a challenging job, but principals must address immigration-related fears of their school community, writes Nancy Gutierrez.
August 11, 2017 – Education Week
Is the United States on the right track when it comes to funding education? Five education experts and practitioners discuss.
July 28, 2017 – Education Week
The U.S. Education Department has not approved any applications for student-loan forgiveness in cases of possible fraud since President Donald Trump took office, according to records sent to an Illinois senator.
July 27, 2017 – AP
The U.S. Secretary of Education is asking the public to identify and comment on "burdensome" and "costly" regulations. An economist and a lawyer think that’s important.
July 27, 2017 – Education Week
The U.S. secretary of education is finding little traction on school choice, key personnel, or in using her megaphone to broaden the administration's K-12 audience.
July 25, 2017 – Education Week
Catherine Lhamon, the civil rights chief in Obama's Education Department, says she's worried about how the Trump administration approaches investigations and enforcement in some areas.
July 20, 2017 – Education Week
Republican and Democratic members differed sharply over the impact of the GOP-sponsored bill, which would provide $66 billion to the department, a $2.4 billion cut for fiscal 2018.
July 19, 2017 – Education Week
The federal financial-aid process is too complicated for students. Here’s how to simplify it, writes a policy expert.
July 19, 2017 – Education Week

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