Federal Policy

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Jackelin Alfaro, 5, a U.S. citizen whose father Oscar Alfaro is from Honduras, plays at a rally near the White House a day after President Obama shielded millions of undocumented immigrant parents from deportation.
—Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Obama Shields Immigrant Parents From Deportation

The nearly 4 million K-12 students who have at least one undocumented parent stand to benefit from the president’s executive action. (December 2, 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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03/31 01:30 pm | Arne Duncan Gives Five States 'Early Bird' Renewal of NCLB Waivers | Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Mexico, and Virginia will get to keep their waivers for another four years, through 2018-19, or beyond the end of the Obama ...

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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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Negotiations on a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act continue among key senators, despite a recent setback in the U.S. House of Representatives.
March 17, 2015 - Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule by June on a challenge to the Affordable Care Act with potential impact on school districts' employee-benefits policies.
March 17, 2015 - Education Week
More than 30 groups representing school officials and educational data-use proponents have signed on to new principles related to student data.
March 17, 2015 - Education Week
Any rewrite of the outdated No Child Left Behind Act will need a new name that captures both its policy essence and the public's attention.
March 17, 2015 - Education Week
Two days of floor debate on the House Republican measure to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act revealed sharp differences over K-12 policy.
March 3, 2015 - Education Week
Amid new efforts to improve outcomes for black and Latino boys, some civil rights advocates ask if districts are violating federal protections meant to ensure educational quality for girls.
March 3, 2015 - Education Week
Students would benefit from a well-defined, but limited governmental role in schools, write Paul T. Hill and Ashley Jochim.
March 3, 2015 - Education Week
Wade Henderson of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights defends the Common Core State Standards in his Commentary "Low Standards Do a Disservice to All" (Feb 4, 2015). He says critics are mounting a political "assault" on the common core.
March 3, 2015 - Education Week
Researchers found that while social media gave parents a bigger voice in the debate, it also led to a "proxy war" over common standards.
March 3, 2015 - Education Week
Decades of policy work could offer rivals plenty to critique should the former first lady, senator, and secretary of state make a run for the White House in 2016.
March 3, 2015 - Education Week

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