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Donald Trump reaches to shake hands with Egunjobi Songofunmi during a meeting with students and educators before a speech on school choice.
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Civil Rights Groups Wary on Federal Enforcement Stance Under Trump

Advocates worry that the incoming Trump administration could scale back federal civil rights enforcement in education after nearly eight years of high-profile attention to the subject. (November 23, 2016)

Spotlight on ESSA

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

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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Politics K-12 Blog

02/23 07:53 am | Did Democrats Waste Time Fighting Betsy DeVos More Than Other Nominees? | Although there was intense opposition from Democrats and activists to the education secretary's nomination, some wonder whether that detracted from opposition to nominees ...

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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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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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If confirmed as education secretary, Betsy DeVos would have far less executive firepower than some of her predecessors due in large part to ESSA’s restrictions on the secretary's role.
February 8, 2017 – Education Week
Although President Trump has made no official statements, some reports suggest the agencies could be scrapped.
February 8, 2017 – Education Week
The U.S. Education Department says the states need more evidence to use the popular admissions test to measure high school achievement.
February 8, 2017 – Education Week
Ajit Pai is a determined critic of recent decisions to increase funding for the E-rate program and of efforts to protect "net neutrality."
February 8, 2017 – Education Week
The Trump administration and Congress can do better than Betsy DeVos for ed. secretary, writes Kevin Kumashiro.
February 8, 2017 – Education Week
Former Delaware governor Jack Markell weighs in on how states should respond to the shifting federal education landscape.
January 25, 2017 – Education Week
The most recent federal data show an increase for the fourth year in a row in the number of special education students, driven by a rise in those with autism or "other health impairments."
January 25, 2017 – Education Week
The nominee for education secretary runs into a buzz saw of questions from skeptical Democrats on the Senate education committee on issues including special education and school choice.
January 25, 2017 – Education Week
Betsy DeVos, the president’s pick for education secretary, vowed to senators at her confirmation hearing that she would divest financial stakes in any education-related companies.
January 25, 2017 – Education Week
In his address to the nation, President Donald Trump decried "an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge."
January 25, 2017 – Education Week

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