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President Obama and 2014 National Teacher of the Year finalists applaud Sean McComb, second from right, a high school English teacher from Maryland, as the 2014 National Teacher of the Year during an event at the White House.
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House Education Chairman to Push for More Special Education Aid

Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House education committee, plans to pour new energy into bolstering funding for special education. (April 1, 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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07/25 04:38 pm | House Clears Three Bipartisan Higher Education Bills | The House passed three higher education bills this week as part of its piecemeal efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, which the Senate is also trying to tackle.

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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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Most students with disabilities have the cognitive ability to achieve the same academic standards as their nondisabled peers, Candace Cortiella and Kalman R. Hettleman write.
November 12, 2013 - Education Week
Commentary
In Defense of NCLB
Long overdue and overpoliticized, the renewal of the No Child Left Behind Act should not be abandoned, as the federal law has done a lot of good, writes Jerry Jellig.
November 12, 2013 - Education Week
K-12 advocates are hoping a congressional conference committee working to come up with a federal budget solution can stop across-the-board cuts known as sequestration.
November 4, 2013 - Education Week
The federal Investing in Innovation, or i3, initiative bet heavily on the Success for All program, and an early evaluation suggests the investment is paying off.
October 30, 2013 - Education Week
While special education teachers hope the standards will help students with disabilities access the general curriculum, they struggle to align individualized education programs to the rigorous academic goals.
October 28, 2013 - Education Week
School districts are facing vexing financial and operational questions about how they will comply with the Affordable Care Act, which is leading some school systems to cut employees' work hours.
October 22, 2013 - Education Week
The deal ending the partial government shutdown sets the stage for another high-stakes fight over federal funding—and the fate of sequestration.
October 18, 2013 | Updated: October 24, 2013 - Education Week
Indiana's attorney general and 15 of its school districts are suing the federal government over the 2010 health-care law.
October 15, 2013 - Education Week
With the federal government shuttered and 4,000 Education Department workers sidelined, few are on hand to answer phones or help those with technical questions.
October 11, 2013 - Education Week
Across-the-board cuts to education and other federal programs may continue unabated, advocates fear, a consequence of Washington's twin budget crises.
October 10, 2013 | Updated: October 17, 2013 - Education Week

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