Federal Policy

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

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As Federal Grants Taper Off, Two N.C. Districts Tally Impact

Two North Carolina school systems show how districts have used a patchwork of one-time federal grants to spur changes, and face challenges going forward. (June 16, 2015)

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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Adequate Yearly Progress
No Child Left Behind
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Politics K-12 Blog

10/05 07:07 am | Arne Duncan's on His Way Out: Does That Help or Hurt ESEA's Chances? | Experts and advocates are divided on whether Duncan's move will have a good, bad, or neutral effect on prospects of overhauling the Elementary and Secondary Education ...


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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It can be tough to draw a clear line between the K-12 policies a governor pushed while in office and improvements in student achievement, researchers say.
September 8, 2015 - Education Week
Concerns that too many qualified students are missing out on financial assistance have prompted calls to make the FAFSA process easier and more accessible.
September 8, 2015 - Education Week
Dueling bills passed in both chambers to overhaul the federal education law face lawmakers fresh off a five-week summer sabbatical.
September 8, 2015 - Education Week
The faceoff between the legislature and governor has caused some school systems to turn to loans and reserves in the absence of state money.
September 8, 2015 - Education Week
This overview covers teacher evaluation and includes information on teacher evaluation models, controversies surrounding the issue, research on teacher quality, and reform trends. It also includes definitions for collective bargaining and value-added models.
September 3, 2015 - Education Week
A half-dozen White House hopefuls talk common core, teachers' unions, and the federal role in K-12 at a New Hampshire event.
August 25, 2015 - Education Week
Some education programs could be on the hot seat as members of Congress scramble to act before the fiscal year ends Sept. 30.
August 18, 2015 - Education Week
In spite of its success, the federal School Improvement Grants program could be dismantled, writes researcher Greg Anrig.
August 18, 2015 - Education Week
Now that the federal government is giving states more flexibility in shaping their accountability systems, the question is: What will these new systems look like?
August 18, 2015 - Education Week
On the Republican side, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Wis. Gov. Scott Walker announce bids; former Va. Sen. Jim Webb is running for the Democratic nomination.
August 5, 2015 - Education Week

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