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As Federal Grants Taper Off, Two N.C. Districts Tally Impact

Two North Carolina school systems show how districts have used a patchwork of one-time federal grants to spur changes, and face challenges going forward. (June 16, 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.

Issue Backgrounder

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Adequate Yearly Progress
No Child Left Behind
Title I

Politics K-12 Blog

06/30 05:36 pm | Edu-Organizations to Congress: Keep Vouchers Out of ESEA Rewrite | Next week, the U.S. Senate is slated to start debating a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. One of the big points of contention to watch? Expanding school ...

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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.

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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Some plans submitted to the federal government pitch new ideas for how to best share the most-qualified teachers, while others repackage strategies already underway.
June 30, 2015 - Education Week
Early-education advocates welcome the idea of a longer day and year for Head Start operations, but wonder if there will be federal funding to match.
June 29, 2015 - Education Week
Efforts to reauthorize the law could be complicated by some of the same issues holding up renewal of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
June 9, 2015 - Education Week
Two more Democrats and another two Republicans–including three former governors and a sitting U.S. Senator–officially announce their candidacies for the White House in the 2016 race.
June 9, 2015 - Education Week
Two North Carolina school systems show how districts have used a patchwork of one-time federal grants to spur changes, and face challenges going forward.
June 9, 2015 - Education Week
The federal Investing in Innovation program was among the sources of grant funding for the Iredell-Statesville school system in North Carolina.
June 9, 2015 - Education Week
A federal School Improvement Grant has helped the principal at one North Carolina school amp up the focus on using data to boost student achievement.
June 9, 2015 - Education Week
A pair of U.S. Supreme Court decisions deal with issues playing out in schools as much as in the rest of society.
June 9, 2015 - Education Week
The state's home-grown replacement for the common core has earned support from a broad spectrum of K-12 and higher education leaders, state officials say.
June 2, 2015 - Education Week
The state is looking for the federal green light to use Title I funding it now spends on tutoring services to extend learning time.
June 2, 2015 - Education Week

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