Federal Policy

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

Paraprofessional Vicky Henderson works with a 3rd grader, Payton, during story time in his special education classroom at Clinch County Elementary School in Homerville, Ga.
—Melissa Golden for Education Week

Progress, Challenges for Federal Special Education Law

Enacted in 1975, the law now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act remade the landscape for an often-vulnerable, once-overlooked population of students. (November 10, 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

11/25 10:34 am | #StopESEA? Conservative Blogger Who May Have Helped Derail ESEA Has New Qualms | Last time, a conservative blogger was unhappy with the policy. This time, she's miffed about the process.


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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Adams 14 in Colorado is among thousands of districts nationwide that are trying to root out discriminatory practices that can harm students' development.
September 15, 2015 - Education Week
Some providers warn they would have to drop children from the federal early-education program because of a lack of facilities or teachers.
September 15, 2015 - Education Week
Did any states see major improvements in K-12 education during the terms of the nine governors and former governors now running for president?
September 8, 2015 - Education Week
The Minnesota Republican's forthcoming departure puts added pressure on lawmakers to come to an agreement on their respective ESEA overhauls by the end of the year.
September 8, 2015 - Education Week
It can be tough to draw a clear line between the K-12 policies a governor pushed while in office and improvements in student achievement, researchers say.
September 8, 2015 - Education Week
Concerns that too many qualified students are missing out on financial assistance have prompted calls to make the FAFSA process easier and more accessible.
September 8, 2015 - Education Week
Dueling bills passed in both chambers to overhaul the federal education law face lawmakers fresh off a five-week summer sabbatical.
September 8, 2015 - Education Week
The faceoff between the legislature and governor has caused some school systems to turn to loans and reserves in the absence of state money.
September 8, 2015 - Education Week
This overview covers teacher evaluation and includes information on teacher evaluation models, controversies surrounding the issue, research on teacher quality, and reform trends. It also includes definitions for collective bargaining and value-added models.
September 3, 2015 - Education Week
A half-dozen White House hopefuls talk common core, teachers' unions, and the federal role in K-12 at a New Hampshire event.
August 25, 2015 - Education Week

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