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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

03/27 07:17 am | Trump's Education Cuts Would Squeeze Charter, Private Schools | Private and charter schools were considered the big winners in President Donald Trump's budget blueprint. The problem for some school of choice? Private and charter ...

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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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Following a policy reversal by the FCC, nine companies will no longer be able to participate in a federal program that offers subsidized internet access to low-income Americans.
February 15, 2017 – Education Week
The push by Republicans to overturn Obama-era accountability rules could have broad consequences for how the law works in states and is dividing the education community.
February 15, 2017 – Education Week
Republican-led legislatures are considering charter school and voucher bills at the state level even as a high-profile school choice proponent takes the helm of the U.S. Department of Education.
February 15, 2017 – Education Week
The new U.S. secretary of education strikes a conciliatory tone in taking the reins of the agency, but detractors remain wary, with policy details yet to emerge.
February 15, 2017 – Education Week
If confirmed as ed. secretary, Betsy DeVos could gut the regulations that are choking charter schools, writes Jeanne Allen.
February 8, 2017 – Education Week
The confirmation process for education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos drilled deep into what a letter from some senators called her "complicated network of investment entities, assets, and trusts."
February 8, 2017 – Education Week
As Congress and President Donald Trump seek to break years of fiscal gridlock, there are conflicting signals on the education impact of any big domestic spending cuts that may result.
February 8, 2017 – Education Week
The sweeping order to halt residents from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States and an uncertain fate for undocumented DREAMers are stoking fears for immigrant students.
February 8, 2017 | Updated: March 10, 2017 – Education Week
If confirmed as education secretary, Betsy DeVos would have far less executive firepower than some of her predecessors due in large part to ESSA’s restrictions on the secretary's role.
February 8, 2017 – Education Week
Although President Trump has made no official statements, some reports suggest the agencies could be scrapped.
February 8, 2017 – Education Week

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