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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.

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Politics K-12 Blog

07/20 05:46 pm | Betsy DeVos Urges States to Take Reins on K-12 Policy | The U.S. secretary of education told those gathered for a conference of the conservative ALEC group that she supports a smaller federal role in education and encouraged states ...

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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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Educators welcome the Every Student Succeeds Act's lighter federal reins on testing, but want to make sure those tests still do what they need to do.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
The big job of retooling state education systems under ESSA will take staff resources and funding, both of which are still squeezed in states across the country.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
Learning goals, funding strategies, and support for local districts are top of mind as states plot their prekindergarten course under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
A year after the Every Student Succeeds Act became law, it remains a work in progress as states, districts, and a shifting cast of federal officials prepare for ESSA's classroom debut in the 2017-18 school year.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
Advocates are keeping close tabs on states over concerns about resources, staff, and know-how to meet the Every Student Succeeds Act's mandates regarding English-language learners.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
Though it's not a spending measure, the Every Student Succeeds Act contains important new fiscal elements that could be affected by the federal budget debates in Washington.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
Here's a concise guide to key school accountability provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act, including how states and districts handle teacher evaluation, gauge school progress, and fix their lowest-performing schools.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
Educators are still wrestling with what they should add to the mix of indicators to meet the Every Student Succeeds Act’s mandate to go beyond just test scores.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
The 21st edition of Quality Counts examines what states and districts are doing to make ready for the Every Student Succeeds Act's implementation, and offers state-by-state grades for how the nation's schools are faring on a range of educational measures.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
Overall, the nation's schools earn a C on educational performance in the Education Week Research Center’s latest annual report, based on a range of key indicators.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts

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