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Donald Trump reaches to shake hands with Egunjobi Songofunmi during a meeting with students and educators before a speech on school choice.
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Civil Rights Groups Wary on Federal Enforcement Stance Under Trump

Advocates worry that the incoming Trump administration could scale back federal civil rights enforcement in education after nearly eight years of high-profile attention to the subject. (November 23, 2016)

Spotlight on ESSA

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

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

12/02 12:22 pm | Rep. Virginia Foxx Will Lead the House Education Committee | The North Carolina Republican, who takes a dim view of federal involvement in education policy, will replace Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., who is retiring.

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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.

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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Educators and immigration activists are weighing in on a case at the U.S. Supreme Court April 18 with broad implications for millions of undocumented immigrant parents, their children, and schools.
April 13, 2016 – Education Week
Shirley M. Hufstedler, who died March 30 at age 90, put her stamp on the new agency at a turbulent time during the Carter administration.
April 13, 2016 – Education Week
March 30, 2016 – Education Week
The state is the first to enact a law that will limit transgender students access to restrooms and locker rooms in public schools.
March 30, 2016 – Education Week
With the advent of the Every Student Succeeds Act, state boards of education seek to reassert their influence, as legislators, superintendents, and others vie for a piece of the policy pie.
March 30, 2016 – Education Week
Parents, researchers, and educators all have distinct points of view about the proper collection and use of sensitive student data.
March 30, 2016 – Education Week
In oral arguments, the justices appeared sharply divided over whether religious schools must take action if they want to opt out of providing contraceptive services under the Affordable Care Act.
March 30, 2016 – Education Week
The common core's impact on student achievement in states may have peaked early and now appears to be tapering off, argues a new analysis of NAEP scores.
March 30, 2016 – Education Week
In some states, budget-driven cutbacks may pose challenges as state education agencies gear up for implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.
March 23, 2016 – Education Week
Federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland also has been a private lawyer, federal prosecutor, and Department of Justice official.
March 23, 2016 – Education Week

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