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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan responds to questions during an interview at the U.S. Department of Education. The education secretary has relied on federal funding incentives and the offer of regulatory flexibility to get states and school districts to go along with key aspects of President Barack Obama's education agenda.
—Jacquelyn Martn/AP-File

Ed. Sec. Duncan's Policy Leverage May Be Put to Test

With his pot of financial sweeteners diminished, Arne Duncan may have to rely mainly on persuasion and sanctions to advance President Obama's K-12 agenda in the remaining years of the administration. (October 4, 2013)

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.

Issue Backgrounder

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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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States have been allowed to back off from the core goal of educational equity, a group of powerful House Democrats tell the U.S. Department of Education.
February 18, 2014 - Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education is developing a 50-state strategy to put teeth into the push for equitable distribution of the nation's best teachers.
February 18, 2014 - Education Week
February 18, 2014 - Education Week
February 18, 2014 - Education Week
The program to upgrade schools' Web connectivity will be getting $2 billion in repurposed E-rate dollars and $750 million in goods and services from seven companies.
February 14, 2014 - Education Week
As the issue gains momentum, lawmakers are debating the right role for the federal government in early-childhood education, with a variety of proposals on the table.
February 14, 2014 - Education Week
A Salt Lake City cafeteria worker's decision to take school lunches away from students with unpaid lunch bills has prompted a call for federal guidance on how to handle students' debts.
February 13, 2014 | Updated: February 25, 2014 - Education Week
This nation needs to move millions more low-income children onto the college track to avoid disastrous results for students and the American economy, writes Rick Dalton, of College for Every Student.
February 12, 2014 - Education Week
With their legislative sessions in full swing and governors laying out their budget priorities, early-childhood education takes center stage.
February 4, 2014 - Education Week
In a letter to the U.S. Department of Education, schools chiefs from 34 states say they will not share personally identifiable student data with the federal government.
February 4, 2014 - Education Week

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