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President Barack Obama, flanked by Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., left, and the committee’s ranking member Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., signs the Every Student Succeeds Act on Dec. 10 in Washington.
—Evan Vucci/AP

A Photographer’s View of the ESSA Signing

Associated Press staff photographer Evan Vucci gives a behind-the-scenes account of his assignment to photograph President Barack Obama signing the Every Student Succeeds Act into law. (December 21, 2015)

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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No Child Left Behind
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Politics K-12 Blog

06/28 03:43 pm | House Members Introduce Bill to Overhaul Career and Technical Education | The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act was introduced by Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., and Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa.

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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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Only a little more than half of schools that got a third round of School Improvement Grants improved, finds a report issued Nov. 10.
December 2, 2015 – Education Week
Millions of dollars in public and private financing were unveiled at a daylong summit in Washington on "next-generation high schools."
December 2, 2015 – Education Week
The National Academy of Education, marking 50 years of advancing research in the field, is now expanding its strategy for ensuring that relevant findings reach educators and policymakers.
November 17, 2015 – Education Week
Enacted in 1975, the law now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act remade the landscape for an often-vulnerable, once-overlooked population of students.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
The situation of former Alabama Teacher of the Year Ann Marie Corgill puts a personal face on the issue of who is allowed to teach and where.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
As an ESEA rewrite nears the finish line, states must prepare for a scaled-back federal footprint and how to assure continued progress for low-performing student subgroups.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
We should not use assessments as the ceiling of our students’ learning, but rather as stepping-stones to help our students become their very best, says middle school teacher Farida Mama.
November 6, 2015 – Teacher
November 4, 2015 – Education Week
A House-approved bill to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act would scrap the law’s "maintenance of effort" requirement.
November 4, 2015 – Education Week
New principles aim to bolster states and districts in reducing the number of tests students take, while assuring high-quality assessments.
November 4, 2015 – Education Week

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