Federal Policy

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

President Obama and 2014 National Teacher of the Year finalists applaud Sean McComb, second from right, a high school English teacher from Maryland, as the 2014 National Teacher of the Year during an event at the White House.
—Susan Walsh/AP

House Education Chairman to Push for More Special Education Aid

Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House education committee, plans to pour new energy into bolstering funding for special education. (April 1, 2014)

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

08/01 06:01 am | Snapshot of Teacher Union Spending on House, Senate Campaigns | A look at how the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association are donating to House and Senate campaigns.

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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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A new version of the E-rate program will include funding for school and library wireless-technology projects, and phase out support for services that federal officials see as outmoded.
August 1, 2014 - Education Week
Arthur Levine shares lessons learned in the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation's efforts to attract and prepare high-ability teacher-candidates for work in struggling schools.
August 1, 2014 - Education Week
Attorneys for a woman is renewing her appeal of a federal appeals court ruling that upheld the use of race in University of Texas undergraduate admissions.
July 30, 2014 - AP
U.S. Reps. Steny H. Hoyer, a Democrat, and Aaron Schock, a Republican, introduced a bill last week that would create a competitive-grant program to expand such schools.
July 28, 2014 - Education Week
At their respective conventions in July, the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers often echoed one another.
July 25, 2014 - Education Week
At their recent conventions, the teachers' unions showed remarkable alignment on key issues, from testing and accountability to common-core implementation and forceful rebukes of Secretary Duncan.
July 25, 2014 - Education Week
With hundreds of millions of dollars left in the Obama administration's signature education-redesign program, here's a look at how much grant money the 12 biggest winners still have in their coffers.
July 24, 2014 - Education Week
Two new surveys of school leaders found that while many students complained about the more-nutritious fare offered by schools when new federal rules rolled out, that discontent seems to have waned.
July 21, 2014 - Education Week
Federal reports show that many states with leeway from many NCLB mandates were cited for failing to follow through with plans to turn around their poorest-performing schools.
July 8, 2014 - Education Week
Though they usually have years to overhaul academic standards, states backing out of the common core will have to craft new ones under a tight time frame.
July 8, 2014 - Education Week

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