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Betsy DeVos Finds 'Bully Pulpit' No Easy Perch

Controversy and protests surrounding U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos often threaten to drown out the policy message she’s trying to deliver. (October 9, 2017)

Spotlight on ESSA

In this Spotlight, learn what ESSA's implementation will mean for teacher evaluation, early-childhood programs, literacy, and more.

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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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At a Glance: U.S. Secretaries of Education
he U.S. Department of Education has had 11 secretaries since its birth as a Cabinet-level department in 1980. Check out these pages for a deep look at each secretary's tenure, challenges, and accomplishments.

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.

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Controversy and protests surrounding U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos often threaten to drown out the policy message she’s trying to deliver.
October 11, 2017 – Education Week
The recent unexpected deal between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump on the federal debt ceiling raises the tantalizing question of what education policy areas might offer common ground.
October 11, 2017 – Education Week
Congress let the popular Children's Health Insurance Program and a home-visiting program expire at the end of the fiscal year and faces bipartisan pressure to fund them.
October 11, 2017 – Education Week
Whether public-employee unions can continue to demand fees from nonmembers once again hinges on what a deeply divided Supreme Court decides.
October 4, 2017 – Education Week
The education secretary sought to shine a spotlight on promising educational approaches in a trip that took her to six states.
October 4, 2017 – Education Week
The U.S. Secretary of Education spoke with Education Week in a wide-ranging interview during the secretary’s recent “Rethink School” tour
October 4, 2017 – Education Week
Nearly all states have now laid out their blueprints for how they intend to hold schools accountable under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Here's our review of state ESSA plans.
October 4, 2017 – Education Week
Educators in Puerto Rico, where the public school system was already in financial distress before Hurricane Maria hit, say the overwhelming need for basic supplies like electricity and water will make students' return to school extremely challenging.
October 4, 2017 – Education Week
Three long-standing presidential commissions designed to expand educational opportunities for non-white students are set to expire Saturday and members say months of silence from the Trump administration has them worried they’re about to be dissolved.
October 4, 2017 – Education Week
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

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