Federal Policy

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

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As Federal Grants Taper Off, Two N.C. Districts Tally Impact

Two North Carolina school systems show how districts have used a patchwork of one-time federal grants to spur changes, and face challenges going forward. (June 16, 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.

Issue Backgrounder

For background on this topic, see:
Adequate Yearly Progress
No Child Left Behind
Title I

Politics K-12 Blog

10/05 07:07 am | Arne Duncan's on His Way Out: Does That Help or Hurt ESEA's Chances? | Experts and advocates are divided on whether Duncan's move will have a good, bad, or neutral effect on prospects of overhauling the Elementary and Secondary Education ...


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.

On-Demand Webinar

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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The president wants a 7 percent hike in funding for the U.S. Department of Education, but a GOP-controlled Congress has pledged to keep a tight rein on spending.
February 17, 2015 - Education Week
Title I and the federal role in K-12 are among the top issues as a revision of the No Child Left Behind Act passes the House education committee.
February 17, 2015 - Education Week
The proposal, if approved Feb. 26, would for the first time regulate broadband firms that provide high-speed Internet service as though they were public utilities.
February 17, 2015 - Education Week
Legislation in Congress to rewrite the law would undo key elements of the waivers in areas such as standards, school turnarounds, and teacher evaluation.
February 12, 2015 - Education Week
Voucher opponents worry about a provision in a draft bill to revise the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that would let aid for poor children follow them to their public schools of choice.
February 3, 2015 - Education Week
Libia Gil, the head of the U.S. Department of Education's office of English-language acquisition, says she is working to decrease the time English-learners spend testing and preparing for tests.
February 3, 2015 - Education Week
At a recent national conference in Florida, advocates and parents strategized on getting more people involved in the growing practice of "test refusal."
January 27, 2015 - Education Week
With the shift to a majority-poor enrollment in the nation's public schools, policymakers and school officials need to up the ante in addressing the needs of disadvantaged children and the challenges in educating them, researchers and educators say.
January 27, 2015 - Education Week
Several witnesses implored Sen. Alexander to maintain annual testing in the ESEA, but he continues to entertain alternatives.
January 23, 2015 - Education Week
Worries over federal compliance slow implementation of a new law giving school-based teams the power to develop course-completion and graduation standards for some special education students.
January 20, 2015 - Education Week

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