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The latest news about federal policy, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

From top: Presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump celebrate the conclusion of their parties' conventions.
—Photos by Deanna Del Ciello (top) and Swikar Patel/Education Week

K-12 Fights for Airtime as Presidential Election Issue

With the political conventions over, national security and other concerns may tamp down the profile of education in the policy debates leading up to November's presidential election. (August 1, 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.

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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.

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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 state pulled the plug on new online tests aligned to the common core, but school leaders in Kingsport, Tenn., see it as a temporary setback in implementing the news standards and assessments.
March 9, 2016 – Education Week
The major-party hopefuls still in the race as of last week boasted widely varied records and stances on K-12.
February 24, 2016 – Education Week
February 24, 2016 – Education Week
The unexpected vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court comes with several disputes being closely watched by K-12 educators—including one involving union fees—still pending.
February 24, 2016 – Education Week
As the state testing landscape shifts with the Every Student Succeeds Act, the military could see greater access for its optional aptitude test and career-exploration program.
February 24, 2016 – Education Week
As more states requiring the ACT or SAT, a gulf is opening between students with disabilities and those without, and it's caught the Justice Department's eye.
February 24, 2016 – Education Week
A bill awaiting action from the South Dakota governor would require transgender students to use the restrooms and locker rooms that match with their biological sex at birth.
February 24, 2016 – Education Week
Early education, scaling up promising district work, and socioeconomic integration are among the fiscal 2017 proposal's highlights. But it faces a skeptical, GOP-controlled Congress.
February 17, 2016 – Education Week
At a House oversight committee, members of Congress say they'll be watching closely as the states and U.S. Department of Education move forward on the Every Student Succeeds Act.
February 17, 2016 – Education Week
As the U.S. Department of Education prepares to craft regulations putting the Every Student Succeeds Act into effect, advocates and policymakers offer differing visions for the path forward.
February 10, 2016 – Education Week

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