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Jamila Smith, left, and Danielle Smith pack their office belongings at the Education Department in Washington. Both employees are staff members in the office of the deputy secretary who will be transferring to the new the office of state support.
—Eric Kruszewski for Education Week

Federal Monitoring of K-12 Efforts to Take Team Approach

A new office at the U.S. Department of Education will aim to reduce duplication and boost support for states when it comes to monitoring and administering federal grant programs. (October 7, 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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Politics K-12 Blog

10/24 10:49 am | Poor and Minority Kids Must Count in NCLB Waivers, Civil Rights Groups Say | Civil rights and advocacy groups want the U.S. Department of Education to hold states renewing their No Child Left Behind Act waivers accountable for low-income students, ...

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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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September 23, 2014 - Education Week
Congress appears ready to make a pair of education-related bills among the first bound for the president's desk in its upcoming lame-duck session.
September 22, 2014 - Education Week
Struggling schools that get federal aid under the School Improvement Grant program could receive new flexibility for using that money under draft guidance issued by the Education Department.
September 15, 2014 - Education Week
As his policy carrots and sticks dwindle, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan pledges to be a supportive partner to states in taking on education overhauls.
September 12, 2014 - Education Week
Accusations of federal overreach fly as Oklahoma has its NCLB waiver renewal denied, while a lawsuit by Louisiana's governor says states were coerced into adopting the common core.
September 9, 2014 - Education Week
Education Week's Lauren Camera, of the Politics K-12 blog, will join U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on his annual back-to-school bus tour. See the latest updates from the road.
September 8, 2014 - Education Week
Partisan gridlock has stalled action on major education legislation in Congress, and analysts are split on how a GOP takeover would affect that.
August 26, 2014 - Education Week
The Education Department will let states with NCLB waivers seek a delay in tying student test scores to teacher evaluations until the 2015-16 school year.
August 22, 2014 - Education Week
Education data crunchers are seeking an alternative to the current yardstick—the percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced-price school meals.
August 19, 2014 - Education Week
Dozens of state could tap into a new, $250 million pot of federal money under the Preschool Development Grant competition.
August 19, 2014 - Education Week

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