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President Donald Trump, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan, addresses a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, 2017.
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How Trump's Altered the Landscape for Education Advocates

Those who lobby on behalf of public school educators, civil rights issues, and education funding say they're fighting what feels like a multifront war. (May 12, 2017)

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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08/17 05:17 pm | Betsy DeVos Rebukes 'Racist Bigots' After Recent Violence, But Not Trump's Rhetoric | U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos sent a letter to agency staff Thursday decrying racist, anti-Semitic demonstrators in Charlottesville, Va., in the wake of last ...

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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.

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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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North Dakota principals, district officials, and others who will do the heavy lifting get first-hand briefings on the new K-12 law from those who prepared their state's plan.
May 17, 2017 – Education Week
A task force will take nearly a year to examine regulations put out by previous administrations, determine which step on local control, and issue recommendations.
May 10, 2017 – Education Week
Education Week took a look at what Trump has done since taking the oath of office and compared it with what his two immediate predecessors, Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, did during their first 100 days.
May 10, 2017 – Education Week
States are preparing to fill the void if Obama-era ed-tech initiatives lose support due to the new administration's educational and budget priorities.
May 10, 2017 – Education Week
Here's a breakdown of what 16 states and the District of Columbia plan to do with their new flexibility under the Every Student Succeeds Act to set achievement goals and take other action in the area of school accountability.
April 19, 2017 | Updated: August 18, 2017 – Education Week
Proposed Trump budget cuts would be devastating for low-income students and magnify summer learning loss, says Margaret McKenna.
April 18, 2017 – Education Week
A slate of personnel picks at the U.S. Department of Education includes some who have been working there since earlier in the Trump administration and require no Senate confirmation.
April 14, 2017 – Education Week
Advocates for children with disabilities cheer a high court decision setting more-ambitious academic expectations for those in special education, while district administrators have a more measured response.
April 5, 2017 – Education Week
Advocates and educators are pushing back at claims that the $1.1 billion 21st Century Community Learning Center program slated for elimination by the Trump administration fails to deliver.
April 5, 2017 – Education Week
Elimination of $2.3 billion in Title II grants to districts under the Trump administration's proposed budget could hamper ESSA implementation, program supporters say.
April 5, 2017 – Education Week

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