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From top: Presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump celebrate the conclusion of their parties' conventions.
—Photos by Deanna Del Ciello (top) and Swikar Patel/Education Week

K-12 Fights for Airtime as Presidential Election Issue

With the political conventions over, national security and other concerns may tamp down the profile of education in the policy debates leading up to November's presidential election. (August 1, 2016)

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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08/25 06:54 am | Can Ken Burns Documentaries Replace Teachers? A U.S. Senator Floats the Idea | U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is apparently a fan of Ken Burns' documentary "The Civil War" and thinks they can do the job typically done by teachers.

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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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Here’s a sampling of the more than 20,000 public comments filed with the U.S. Department of Education on its proposed rules for school accountability.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
The Council of the Great City Schools, a formidable advocate for urban districts, faces new tests to its staying power as it turns 60.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
An Education Week analysis of federal data reveals that high school students don’t have universal access to physics classes—despite a national push for STEM studies.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
Despite a rocky rollout, the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation, or CAEP, says its new standards will bring uniformity to the field.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
The debate on restroom access remains unsettled, as multiple legal cases play out and enforcement of new federal guidelines is blocked for now.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
Both presidential candidates talked about early-childhood issues in high-profile speeches recently, giving advocates hope that the conversation around the quality and affordability of child care and pre-K will continue.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
In a small town the president promised to help 8 years ago, here's what changed, and what didn't.
August 17, 2016 – Education Week
A Michigan woman is responsible for filing some 500 federal complaints against school districts and others with websites she says disregard the needs of users who are blind or visually impaired.
August 3, 2016 – Education Week
The new federal K-12 law contains strong requirements for input from principals and others as states create new education plans, but some worry state commitment may be far from uniform.
August 3, 2016 – Education Week
More than 300 educators, researchers, and advocates respond to a proposed federal rule on how to define whether minorities are disproportionately identified for special education services.
August 3, 2016 – Education Week

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