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Jamila Smith, left, and Danielle Smith pack their office belongings at the Education Department in Washington. Both employees are staff members in the office of the deputy secretary who will be transferring to the new the office of state support.
—Eric Kruszewski for Education Week

Federal Monitoring of K-12 Efforts to Take Team Approach

A new office at the U.S. Department of Education will aim to reduce duplication and boost support for states when it comes to monitoring and administering federal grant programs. (October 7, 2014)

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.

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Politics K-12 Blog

10/24 10:49 am | Poor and Minority Kids Must Count in NCLB Waivers, Civil Rights Groups Say | Civil rights and advocacy groups want the U.S. Department of Education to hold states renewing their No Child Left Behind Act waivers accountable for low-income students, ...

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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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The Evergreen State's struggle to craft a teacher-evaluation system that passes federal muster shows the challenge faced by many states that have received NCLB waivers from the Obama administration.
March 3, 2014 - Education Week
The pressure on schools to upgrade their technology is growing very fast right now, but they will not see the new E-rate dollars until 2015.
February 25, 2014 - Education Week
Even though it's a state under Democratic control, California's education policies do not fall in line with those of the Obama administration, writes Charles Taylor Kerchner.
February 25, 2014 - Education Week
A spate of GOP-sponsored legislation targets what critics see as an improper federal role in boosting the common academic standards.
February 25, 2014 - Education Week
Districts need guidance to develop compassionate but financially sustainable policies on school-meal payment, writes Patricia Montague of the School Nutrition Association.
February 21, 2014 - Education Week
States have been allowed to back off from the core goal of educational equity, a group of powerful House Democrats tell the U.S. Department of Education.
February 18, 2014 - Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education is developing a 50-state strategy to put teeth into the push for equitable distribution of the nation's best teachers.
February 18, 2014 - Education Week
February 18, 2014 - Education Week
February 18, 2014 - Education Week
The program to upgrade schools' Web connectivity will be getting $2 billion in repurposed E-rate dollars and $750 million in goods and services from seven companies.
February 14, 2014 - Education Week

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