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President Donald Trump, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan, addresses a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, 2017.
—Jim Lo Scalzo/AP

How Trump's Altered the Landscape for Education Advocates

Those who lobby on behalf of public school educators, civil rights issues, and education funding say they're fighting what feels like a multifront war. (May 12, 2017)

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.

Issue Backgrounder

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Politics K-12 Blog

08/21 01:04 pm | Democrats Press Trump Administration on Plans for Affirmative Action | In a letter, top Democrats in Congress on education and justice seek answers on how the administration plans to proceed when it comes to race-based college admissions.

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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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The federal financial-aid process is too complicated for students. Here’s how to simplify it, writes a policy expert.
July 19, 2017 – Education Week
Educators are watching a few key topics closely as Congress wrestles with how to replace the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.
July 19, 2017 – Education Week
High school graduation requirements are inconsistent and often lax, writes the national policy director of Students for Education Reform.
July 19, 2017 – Education Week
While many schools don’t discuss LGBT issues, teachers should play a role in shaping students’ understandings of their gender identity, writes Laura Erickson-Schroth.
July 11, 2017 – Education Week
Free community college is an exciting idea, but it's not enough to get students over the finish line, cautions Kate Schwass.
June 23, 2017 – Education Week
Some early feedback offer clues about how strict or flexible the U.S. Department of Education will be in interpreting parts of the Every Student Succeeds Act as it decides whether to approve state blueprints.
June 21, 2017 – Education Week
States are putting a heavy emphasis on the role of districts in turning around their low-performing schools as they submit blueprints for putting the Every Student Succeeds Act into effect.
June 21, 2017 – Education Week
Political prospects look dreary for the Trump administration’s plan to slash the U.S. Department of Education’s budget by 9.2 percent if the tone of recent hearings is any measure.
June 21, 2017 – Education Week
There's a reason school voucher programs get less effective as they're scaled up, write two researchers.
June 16, 2017 – Education Week
The FCC has played a big role in bringing high-speed internet to thousands of schools, but new chairman Ajit Pai has many K-12 leaders worried.
June 14, 2017 – Education Week

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