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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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01/26 02:13 pm | Coalition Emphasizes School-Community Partnerships in NCLB Overhaul | The Coalition for Community Schools drew from recent Office of Civil Rights data to show how school climate and civil rights issues have suffered under the current law.

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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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Those seeking continued leeway from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act will largely be able to stay the course in key policy areas, federal guidance says.
December 2, 2014 - Education Week
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 - Education Week
Drawing on real-world advice from principals, several initiatives in the Obama administration's second term aim to address the needs of school leaders.
December 1, 2014 - Education Week
Teacher colleges would need to provide proof of their graduates' classroom skills in helping advance student learning, under proposed rules issued by the U.S. Department of Education.
November 25, 2014 - Education Week
To be effective, systems should focus on birth through high school, say Elliot Regenstein and Rio Romero-Jurado.
November 25, 2014 - Education Week
Over the past three years, the state has invested heavily in common-core training for teachers, but has recently signaled a weaker commitment to the standards amid rising opposition.
November 25, 2014 - Education Week
New guidance offers leeway as states craft ways to ensure disadvantaged students have access to as many highly qualified teachers as other students.
November 24, 2014 - Education Week
Kevin Huffman gained prominence for policy positions as Tennessee's education commissioner, but he also clashed with state lawmakers and local superintendents.
November 20, 2014 - Education Week
The Federal Communications Commission, weighing new rules, received a flood of responses from educators and educational technology companies urging the agency to preserve the open Internet for schools.
November 11, 2014 - Education Week
Schools and teachers face complex challenges and competing demands as they work toward implementing the new math standards.
November 10, 2014 - Education Week

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