Federal Policy

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

From top: Presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump celebrate the conclusion of their parties' conventions.
—Photos by Deanna Del Ciello (top) and Swikar Patel/Education Week

K-12 Fights for Airtime as Presidential Election Issue

With the political conventions over, national security and other concerns may tamp down the profile of education in the policy debates leading up to November's presidential election. (August 1, 2016)

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.

Issue Backgrounder

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Politics K-12 Blog

10/27 10:43 am | Hillary Clinton Campaign Releases $500 Million Anti-Bullying Plan | Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, is pitching a $500 million program to help states and schools combat bullying.


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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As we develop a clearer blueprint for good science education, more teacher professional development is needed, writes educator Jen Gutierrez.
October 26, 2016 – Education Week
Questions loom on how the new requirements will be implemented by the states and how effective they will ultimately be in improving education schools.
October 26, 2016 – Education Week
Even as high school graduation rates inched up to 83.2 percent, experts say it’s difficult to determine that federal education policy is responsible uptick in in the 2014-15 school year.
October 26, 2016 – Education Week
Possibly billions of dollars worth of a public educational telecommunications resource has languished unused and unlicensed within the federal government, estimates show.
October 26, 2016 – Education Week
In Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, the U.S. Supreme Court will weigh how much students should benefit from special education.
October 12, 2016 – Education Week
Despite a late, bipartisan push, momentum seems to have stalled in the U.S. Senate on the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
October 5, 2016 – Education Week
The 2016-17 high court term could prove to be the most consequential in years for K-12, including cases on special education and aid to religion.
October 5, 2016 – Education Week
The new federal K-12 law gives states and districts a freer hand in fixing their lowest-performing schools, but questions loom on whether that leeway will translate into better outcomes.
September 28, 2016 – Education Week
A focus on the bottom of the scale may mask challenges for higher-performing schools when it comes to boosting achievement for students who lag behind.
September 28, 2016 – Education Week
Neither Clinton nor Trump favor a conservative approach to education, write Frederick M. Hess and Max Eden.
September 21, 2016 – Education Week

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