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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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09/22 03:50 pm | Three More NCLB Waivers Extended | The U.S. Department of Education has extended three additional No Child Left Behind waivers, for Alabama, Texas, and Puerto Rico.

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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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Pregnant women, infants, and children up to age 3 could end up as big beneficiaries of the $1 billion in early-education aid in the recently passed federal spending measure.
January 28, 2014 - Education Week
The decision is being interpreted as giving commercial Internet providers significantly more power to block content or set conditions on its delivery before it reaches customers, including schools.
January 28, 2014 - Education Week
Chambers of commerce in a growing number of states are defending the common core against vocal opposition to the standards from some of their traditional Republican allies.
January 28, 2014 - Education Week
Funding for prekindergarten should be tied to students, not programs, in order to encourage innovation and prevent wasteful spending, write Ben Zimmer and Daniella Rohr.
January 28, 2014 - Education Week
Concerns over costs and student privacy have spurred districts in Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, and Ohio to withdraw from the federal school improvement program.
January 22, 2014 - Education Week
While child poverty remains a stubborn enemy, the federal anti-poverty initiative launched by President Lyndon B. Johnson has led to health and IQ gains for disadvantaged students.
January 22, 2014 - Education Week
Early education is a winner in the massive bill worked out in Congress, but key Obama initiatives come up short.
January 17, 2014 | Updated: January 25, 2014 - Education Week
U.S. Rep. George Miller, leaving Congress after four decades, helped push through game-changing legislation, including the No Child Left Behind Act.
January 17, 2014 - Education Week
Federal monitoring reports show that some states with No Child Left Behind Act waivers are struggling in key areas.
January 14, 2014 - Education Week
Advocates worry that a wide range of education statutes long overdue for updating will continue to stall amid partisan rancor on Capitol Hill.
January 14, 2014 - Education Week

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