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Jamila Smith, left, and Danielle Smith pack their office belongings at the Education Department in Washington. Both employees are staff members in the office of the deputy secretary who will be transferring to the new the office of state support.
—Eric Kruszewski for Education Week

Federal Monitoring of K-12 Efforts to Take Team Approach

A new office at the U.S. Department of Education will aim to reduce duplication and boost support for states when it comes to monitoring and administering federal grant programs. (October 7, 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.

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Politics K-12 Blog

11/20 09:48 am | Possible Presidential Contender Jeb Bush Defends Common Core | States are welcome not to adopt the standards, he said, but if they don't, they should aim even higher.

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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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With the achievement of minority boys in the national spotlight, some big-city school districts are forging ahead with new, and not so new, strategies.
November 3, 2014 - Education Week
Democrats and Republicans alike are pitching proposals on issues such as college preparation for disadvantaged students, tuition-assistance grants, and federal student loans.
November 3, 2014 - Education Week
Operating within the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, the Small Business Innovation Research program has backed the development of dozens of ed-tech companies.
October 28, 2014 - Education Week
Education is front and center in dozens of federal, state, and local contests in this pivotal midterm election year. Here's a selection of key contests to watch on election night.
October 28, 2014 - Education Week
For now, Oklahoma and Washington are navigating a bumpy transition back to life under the outdated No Child Left Behind Act.
October 28, 2014 - Education Week
Education leaders have a responsibility to elevate, not derail, the national K-12 conversation, writes Judy Seltz.
October 27, 2014 - Education Week
With control of the U.S. Senate at stake, the two national teachers' unions are among those pouring campaign funds into pivotal contests with implications for education policy.
October 22, 2014 - Education Week
Three federal surveys will add questions related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students to help provide a clearer picture of their experiences in school.
October 21, 2014 - Education Week
A Connecticut official shares that state's experience--and lessons learned--from its participation in the multibillion-dollar School Improvement Grant Program.
October 21, 2014 - Education Week
One of the biggest tensions emerging around the growth of personalized learning involves questions about how to use and protect sensitive student information.
October 20, 2014 - Education Week

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