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As Federal Grants Taper Off, Two N.C. Districts Tally Impact

Two North Carolina school systems show how districts have used a patchwork of one-time federal grants to spur changes, and face challenges going forward. (June 16, 2015)

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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Adequate Yearly Progress
No Child Left Behind
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Politics K-12 Blog

10/06 08:45 am | Departing Speaker Boehner Seeks to Renew D.C. Voucher Program | First created in 2004, the D.C. voucher program has been the proverbial political football in Congress for years.


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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On the Republican side, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Wis. Gov. Scott Walker announce bids; former Va. Sen. Jim Webb is running for the Democratic nomination.
August 5, 2015 - Education Week
The number of states still officially part of the common-core testing consortium is half of what it once was, and that poses challenges, especially when it comes to costs.
August 4, 2015 - Education Week
August 4, 2015 - Education Week
The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed their own bills to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Here's how the bills compare in key policy areas, and how they stack up against the No Child Left Behind Act—the current law—and the Obama administration's NCLB waivers.
August 3, 2015 - Education Week
Lopsided votes in the U.S. Senate and House obscure stark differences in their bills to overhaul the outdated Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
August 3, 2015 - Education Week
Without federal government pressure, states and school districts will do little to address inequity, writes former L.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
July 30, 2015 - Education Week
In November, the U.S. Department of Education will release a mapping tool that provides a first-time look at school attendance boundaries for most public schools in the country.
July 27, 2015 - Education Week
Even though Florida got unprecedented federal flexibility when it comes to English-learners and accountability, a handful of other states have yet to see their requests approved.
July 20, 2015 - Education Week
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Louisiana Gov. Bobbie Jindal, and real estate developer Donald Trump are now in the running, each with their own views on education issues.
July 7, 2015 - Education Week
With most legislative sessions complete, the scorecard shows that many states are focused on rebuilding K-12 funding and grappling with the thorny issue of student assessments.
July 7, 2015 - Education Week

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