Federal Policy

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 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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Politics K-12 Blog

08/25 06:54 am | Can Ken Burns Documentaries Replace Teachers? A U.S. Senator Floats the Idea | U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is apparently a fan of Ken Burns' documentary "The Civil War" and thinks they can do the job typically done by teachers.

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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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ESSA, the newly reauthorized version of the ESEA, makes changes in how schools can use money set aside for economically disadvantaged students.
January 6, 2016 – Education Week
The Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to measure at least one nonacademic factor, such as student engagement, when tracking schools' performance.
January 6, 2016 – Education Week
The Every Student Succeeds Act takes a more flexible, more nuanced approach to assessing the research evidence for educational programs and policies.
January 6, 2016 – Education Week
The new program is smaller and less prescriptive than Reading First, and it can be applied to students of all ages.
January 6, 2016 – Education Week
Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, states and districts get more leeway—and more options—on funding STEM programs.
January 6, 2016 – Education Week
Unlike earlier proposals in Congress, the new law includes language that cements states' obligation to support arts education.
January 6, 2016 – Education Week
The new federal K-12 law still requires states to identify their worst-performing schools, but states and districts have great leeway in how to turn them around.
January 6, 2016 – Education Week
Advocates for students with disabilities say they'll want to be at the table as states hammer out plans to comply with the new federal education law.
January 6, 2016 – Education Week
The Every Student Succeeds Act locks into law a $250 million grant program to support states as they develop preschool programs and directs money to state early-childhood literacy efforts.
January 6, 2016 – Education Week
Arguments this month will focus on whether to overturn a key precedent allowing unions to charge nonmembers for collective bargaining costs.
January 6, 2016 – Education Week

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