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Progress, Challenges for Federal Special Education Law

Enacted in 1975, the law now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act remade the landscape for an often-vulnerable, once-overlooked population of students. (November 10, 2015)

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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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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A bipartisan deal awaiting action in the House and the Senate would rewrite the law to give states lots of leeway on accountability, school turnarounds, and teacher evaluation, while keeping such “transparency” provisions as annual student testing.
November 25, 2015 - Education Week
The National Academy of Education, marking 50 years of advancing research in the field, is now expanding its strategy for ensuring that relevant findings reach educators and policymakers.
November 17, 2015 - Education Week
As an ESEA rewrite nears the finish line, states must prepare for a scaled-back federal footprint and how to assure continued progress for low-performing student subgroups.
November 10, 2015 - Education Week
Enacted in 1975, the law now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act remade the landscape for an often-vulnerable, once-overlooked population of students.
November 10, 2015 - Education Week
We should not use assessments as the ceiling of our students’ learning, but rather as stepping-stones to help our students become their very best, says middle school teacher Farida Mama.
November 10, 2015 - Teacher
The situation of former Alabama Teacher of the Year Ann Marie Corgill puts a personal face on the issue of who is allowed to teach and where.
November 10, 2015 - Education Week
A House-approved bill to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act would scrap the law’s "maintenance of effort" requirement.
November 3, 2015 - Education Week
New principles aim to bolster states and districts in reducing the number of tests students take, while assuring high-quality assessments.
November 3, 2015 - Education Week
The Republican candidates for president hold mixed views on whether the department should be retained or eliminated.
November 3, 2015 - Education Week
A federal investigation of alleged corruption in Michigan's state-run school district may complicate Gov. Rick Snyder's turnaround plans for the city's school system.
November 3, 2015 - Education Week

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