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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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09/24 11:12 am | Inside ESSA Plans: How Are States Looking Beyond Test Scores? | Attendance, particularly chronic absenteeism, and college-and-career readiness are by far the most popular new areas of focus for accountability in the ESSA plans from 40-plus ...

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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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Ninety-four percent of school districts in the nation are meeting targets for web connectivity, three years after federal officials overhauled the E-Rate program.
September 20, 2017 – Education Week
Long-simmering splits among state policymakers roiled the process of hammering out their mandated federal blueprints for how to put the Every Student Succeeds Act into effect.
September 20, 2017 – Education Week
Despite legislation in both chambers and a White House push for action, prospects remain unclear for legal protections for those brought to the United States illegally as minors.
September 20, 2017 – Education Week
After-school programs and money to hire and train teachers win a reprieve in a bill moving through the Senate, but voucher and public school choice proposals aren’t so lucky.
September 13, 2017 – Education Week
With the Trump administration's order to rescind Obama-era protections for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, students and educators directly affected say they will mount a fight to win permanent legal status.
September 13, 2017 – Education Week
A federal judge has ruled that Arizona's ban on ethnic studies courses was motivated by racial discrimination.
August 30, 2017 – Education Week
Though the president’s order to bar transgender military members hasn’t gone through, such pronouncements have ripple effects on students, writes Amira Hasenbush.
August 23, 2017 – Education Week
After a rocky start from federal officials, approvals and feedback are coming at a fast clip for states looking to get their Every Student Succeeds Act plans in order.
August 23, 2017 – Education Week
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.
August 23, 2017 – Education Week

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