Federal Policy

The latest news about federal policy, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

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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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Politics K-12 Blog

10/12 08:44 am | Some Key Education Programs Alive in NCLB Rewrite, But Dead in the Budget | The Senate's ESEA rewrite includes resources for early childhood education, innovation, and literacy, but its spending bills would nix those programs.


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.

On-Demand Webinar

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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Turnover in top leadership in Congress and at the Education Department complicates the prospects for completing unfinished business on education policy.
October 12, 2015 - Education Week
John B. King Jr., who has been filling the duties of deputy federal education secretary, shares policy priorities with those of outgoing Secretary Arne Duncan.
October 12, 2015 - Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education has relaunched one of the most powerful tools it wields over states' academic standards and assessments: the "peer review" process that had been suspended for three years.
October 6, 2015 - Education Week
Duncan, who leaves in December, has pushed through dramatic levels of change in K-12 policy over nearly seven years in office.
October 2, 2015 - Education Week
As his annual back-to-school bus tour rolled along, the Secretary of Education talked talked waivers, common core, and other issues with Education Week’s Alyson Klein.
September 22, 2015 - Education Week
The education secretary hit the road a multistate, back-to-school trek, joined at one point by President Barack Obama.
September 22, 2015 - Education Week
The Institute of Education Sciences—the U.S. Department of Education's primary research arm—"took a hit" in House and Senate appropriations bills.
September 22, 2015 - Education Week
The Education Department's earlier hard-line approach on tying evaluations to student test scores is giving way to greater flexibility.
September 15, 2015 - Education Week
Questions loom on enforcement as 16 states get the federal nod on their plans to make sure all students have to high-quality teachers.
September 15, 2015 - Education Week
Adams 14 in Colorado is among thousands of districts nationwide that are trying to root out discriminatory practices that can harm students' development.
September 15, 2015 - Education Week

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