Federal Policy

The latest news about federal policy, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

From top: Presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump celebrate the conclusion of their parties' conventions.
—Photos by Deanna Del Ciello (top) and Swikar Patel/Education Week

K-12 Fights for Airtime as Presidential Election Issue

With the political conventions over, national security and other concerns may tamp down the profile of education in the policy debates leading up to November's presidential election. (August 1, 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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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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A pair of new studies, taking different approaches, say the $8.6 billion federal preschool program has measurable continuing benefits in a number of key areas.
August 31, 2016 – Education Week
Special programs lure students to the United States from the Middle East and North Africa to develop skills in science, technology, engineering, and math.
August 31, 2016 – Education Week
North Carolina congresswoman Virginia Foxx is a feisty member of the House education committee and was chairwoman of the Republican Party's platform committee at its recent convention.
August 31, 2016 – Education Week
As the Education Department moves closer to issuing draft spending regulations under the new education law, past guidance may offer clues to its thinking on the issue.
August 31, 2016 – Education Week
The national debate over transgender rights took yet another turn after a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked the Obama administration from enforcing new guidelines meant to expand students' access to restrooms and locker rooms in schools.
August 31, 2016 – Education Week
Two new polls gauging American opinion on K-12 schooling, from the journal Education Next and PDK International, help capture public opinion on common-core standards and standardized testing.
August 31, 2016 – Education Week
Here’s a sampling of the more than 20,000 public comments filed with the U.S. Department of Education on its proposed rules for school accountability.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
The Council of the Great City Schools, a formidable advocate for urban districts, faces new tests to its staying power as it turns 60.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
An Education Week analysis of federal data reveals that high school students don’t have universal access to physics classes—despite a national push for STEM studies.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
Despite a rocky rollout, the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation, or CAEP, says its new standards will bring uniformity to the field.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week

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