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Betsy DeVos Finds 'Bully Pulpit' No Easy Perch

Controversy and protests surrounding U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos often threaten to drown out the policy message she’s trying to deliver. (October 9, 2017)

Spotlight on ESSA

In this Spotlight, learn what ESSA's implementation will mean for teacher evaluation, early-childhood programs, literacy, and more.

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Politics K-12 Blog

10/20 11:33 am | Stage Now Set for GOP Tax Cuts That Could Alter Education Funding | The resolutions themselves, passed on Oct. 5 in the House and on Thursday in the Senate, don't enact tax cuts by themselves. But they set the stage for potential major ...

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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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ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Webinars

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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At a Glance: U.S. Secretaries of Education
he U.S. Department of Education has had 11 secretaries since its birth as a Cabinet-level department in 1980. Check out these pages for a deep look at each secretary's tenure, challenges, and accomplishments.

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.

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Political prospects look dreary for the Trump administration’s plan to slash the U.S. Department of Education’s budget by 9.2 percent if the tone of recent hearings is any measure.
June 21, 2017 – Education Week
There's a reason school voucher programs get less effective as they're scaled up, write two researchers.
June 16, 2017 – Education Week
The FCC has played a big role in bringing high-speed internet to thousands of schools, but new chairman Ajit Pai has many K-12 leaders worried.
June 14, 2017 – Education Week
As internet connectivity improves in rural America, many schools are expanding online options for students who lack access to hard-to-staff courses.
June 14, 2017 – Education Week
As the Trump administration pushes for federally backed vouchers, there are major concerns about whether some participating private schools would abide by civil rights and anti-discrimination laws.
June 7, 2017 – Education Week
The president's spending plan for the Education Department aims to advance school choice on a number of fronts, while making deep cuts in other areas.
May 31, 2017 – Education Week
The Institute of Education Sciences escaped mostly unscathed in the proposed 2018 budget, but the National Science Foundation would see its education directorate cut by nearly 14 percent.
May 31, 2017 – Education Week
Some charter supporters who see damage from proposed cuts in other areas, while private school choice supporters worry about an ascendant federal role in pushing school choice, which they see as the states' business.
May 31, 2017 – Education Week
More than 100 school districts have received letters questioning their plans to use federal E-rate funds to support construction of fiber-optic networks.
May 31, 2017 – Education Week
Head Start has helped prepare more than 33 million children for kindergarten, so why is there talk of defunding the bipartisan-supported program? asks Mark K. Shriver.
May 18, 2017 – Education Week

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