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President Barack Obama, flanked by Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., left, and the committee’s ranking member Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., signs the Every Student Succeeds Act on Dec. 10 in Washington.
—Evan Vucci/AP

A Photographer’s View of the ESSA Signing

Associated Press staff photographer Evan Vucci gives a behind-the-scenes account of his assignment to photograph President Barack Obama signing the Every Student Succeeds Act into law. (December 21, 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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Questions around which instructional strategies work best for ELL students are far from settled, including how much a bilingual approach to teaching English-learners puts students at an advantage.
May 11, 2016 - Education Week
Town hall meetings, online surveys, and task forces aim to hear what the public thinks about the Every Student Succeeds Act as the NCLB law's successor rolls out.
May 10, 2016 - Education Week
Increased transparency is a key part of the new Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced the NCLB law, boosting the information-reporting requirements for states and districts.
May 6, 2016 - Education Week
In his first public return to the nation’s capital, the former U.S. Secretary of Education issues a call for greater transparency and a focus on results.
April 26, 2016 - Education Week
Negotiators agreed to rules on key assessment issues under the Every Student Succeeds Act, but failed to reach accord on regulations covering a sticky spending issue.
April 26, 2016 - Education Week
GOP presidential candidate and first-term Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has slammed the Common Core State Standards and made support for charter schools and vouchers a top legislative priority.
April 18, 2016 - Education Week
Education and civil rights groups hailed the move as a critical step toward closing the "homework gap" that exists between students with and without adequate Internet access.
April 12, 2016 - Education Week
With the field of Republican presidential candidates narrowed to three, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the only one remaining with an extensive track record on education policy.
April 11, 2016 - Education Week
Testing and funding prove thorny issues as a panel of educators, advocates, and experts grapples with the specifics of crafting rules under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
April 11, 2016 - Education Week
Educators and immigration activists are weighing in on a case at the U.S. Supreme Court April 18 with broad implications for millions of undocumented immigrant parents, their children, and schools.
April 8, 2016 - Education Week

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