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U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., center, chairman of the Senate education committee, talks with staff members as the committee prepares to mark up a proposed reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
—T.J. Kirkpatrick for Education Week

Fresh Battles Loom When Full Senate Takes Up ESEA Rewrite

The compromise bill approved by the Senate education committee to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act faces other priorities awaiting debate, and is likely to draw intense partisan sparring. (April 17, 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.

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05/28 10:52 am | George Pataki, Former N.Y. Governor, Joins Republican Presidential Contest | George Pataki served as governor of New York for three terms, from 1995 through 2006, during which he raised the state's charter school caps.

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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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Democrats and Republicans alike are pitching proposals on issues such as college preparation for disadvantaged students, tuition-assistance grants, and federal student loans.
November 3, 2014 - Education Week
Operating within the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, the Small Business Innovation Research program has backed the development of dozens of ed-tech companies.
October 28, 2014 - Education Week
Education is front and center in dozens of federal, state, and local contests in this pivotal midterm election year. Here's a selection of key contests to watch on election night.
October 28, 2014 - Education Week
For now, Oklahoma and Washington are navigating a bumpy transition back to life under the outdated No Child Left Behind Act.
October 28, 2014 - Education Week
Education leaders have a responsibility to elevate, not derail, the national K-12 conversation, writes Judy Seltz.
October 27, 2014 - Education Week
With control of the U.S. Senate at stake, the two national teachers' unions are among those pouring campaign funds into pivotal contests with implications for education policy.
October 22, 2014 - Education Week
Three federal surveys will add questions related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students to help provide a clearer picture of their experiences in school.
October 21, 2014 - Education Week
A Connecticut official shares that state's experience--and lessons learned--from its participation in the multibillion-dollar School Improvement Grant Program.
October 21, 2014 - Education Week
One of the biggest tensions emerging around the growth of personalized learning involves questions about how to use and protect sensitive student information.
October 20, 2014 - Education Week
Depending on which party takes control of the chamber, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., or Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is seen as most likely to helm the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.
October 14, 2014 - Education Week

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