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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

12/02 12:22 pm | Rep. Virginia Foxx Will Lead the House Education Committee | The North Carolina Republican, who takes a dim view of federal involvement in education policy, will replace Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., who is retiring.

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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.

On-Demand Webinar

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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When it comes to school management, asking if school districts should decentralize is the wrong question, writes Susan Moore Johnson.
November 16, 2016 – Education Week
From celebrations to tears to taunts, feelings have run high in classrooms around the country, teachers report.
November 16, 2016 – Education Week
President-elect Donald Trump's victory leaves widespread uncertainty about what's in store for key areas of public school policy under the first GOP administration in eight years.
November 16, 2016 – Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education's proposed rules for how states and districts spend federal money for disadvantaged students under the Every Student Succeeds Act is under siege both by members of Congress and by state schools superintendents.
November 16, 2016 – Education Week
Despite pouring money and muscle into campaigns from the White House race on down, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association notched limited gains on Election Day.
November 16, 2016 – Education Week
Republicans may have their best chance yet to scrap—or at least seriously scale back—the Cabinet-level agency created under President Jimmy Carter.
November 16, 2016 – Education Week
President-elect Donald Trump will enter office with fellow Republicans still firmly in control of committees that would be in charge of pushing through his still-emerging education agenda.
November 14, 2016 – Education Week
The Republican's campaign for the White House included strong support for school choice and sharp denunciations of current education policies, with scant details on what comes next.
November 9, 2016 – Education Week
Education may have gotten short shrift in many of this year's heated campaigns, but voters' decisions will still help set the direction of federal and state school policies.
November 8, 2016 – Education Week
An organization led by former U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett signs up four state lawmakers and a state board member in Alabama, Colorado, Nevada, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
November 2, 2016 – Education Week

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