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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan responds to questions during an interview at the U.S. Department of Education. The education secretary has relied on federal funding incentives and the offer of regulatory flexibility to get states and school districts to go along with key aspects of President Barack Obama's education agenda.
—Jacquelyn Martn/AP-File

Ed. Sec. Duncan's Policy Leverage May Be Put to Test

With his pot of financial sweeteners diminished, Arne Duncan may have to rely mainly on persuasion and sanctions to advance President Obama's K-12 agenda in the remaining years of the administration. (October 4, 2013)

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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Politics K-12 Blog

04/24 08:55 am | Arne Duncan Has Reached a Verdict on Washington State's Waiver | U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan has already decided whether to revoke Washington state's No Child Left Behind waiver, according to a Seattle Times story. But we still don't know ...

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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 initial wave of federal monitoring turns up soft spots as states implement their NCLB waivers.
August 26, 2013 - Education Week
At issue: new language intended to assure that those with disabilities are not steered into low-wage jobs.
August 20, 2013 - Education Week
Many for-profit providers of supplemental education services have had to pursue new K-12 revenue streams, or even close their doors, as federal funding has moved to other purposes.
August 20, 2013 - Education Week
An unprecedented group waiver for eight districts redefines the federal role in school accountability—and has some saying it goes too far.
August 16, 2013 | Updated: August 27, 2013 - Education Week
Congressional Republicans and Democrats are at work on competing proposals to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Use our interactive explorer to take a deeper dive into each proposal.
August 13, 2013 - Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education plans to issue guidance by month's end on how states with waivers under the NCLB law can go about seeking renewal.
August 8, 2013 - Education Week
With No Child Left Behind waivers in place and partisan bills in Congress, the administration has little incentive to push for a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
August 8, 2013 - Education Week
In a notice of proposed rulemaking, the commission calls for revising the E-rate program to support schools’ use of more up-to-date Web connections.
August 6, 2013 - Education Week
Far different versions of legislation to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary are shaping up in each house of Congress.
August 6, 2013 - Education Week
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan tells Education Week he sees no need to step up the federal role in new accountability systems under NCLB waivers.
August 6, 2013 - Education Week

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