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Jamila Smith, left, and Danielle Smith pack their office belongings at the Education Department in Washington. Both employees are staff members in the office of the deputy secretary who will be transferring to the new the office of state support.
—Eric Kruszewski for Education Week

Federal Monitoring of K-12 Efforts to Take Team Approach

A new office at the U.S. Department of Education will aim to reduce duplication and boost support for states when it comes to monitoring and administering federal grant programs. (October 7, 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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Politics K-12 Blog

10/31 02:25 pm | Your Edu-Watching Guide to the 2014 Mid-Term Elections | For insights on the education implications of the 2014 mid-term elections, check out Education Week's election guide, available online and in PDF form.

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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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New federal regulatory guidance that allows charter schools to hold weighted admissions lotteries in favor of disadvantaged students could make a long-term impact on charter enrollments.
March 20, 2014 - Education Week
States sharing $4 billion in the federal competitive grants are delivering on some promises, but continue to struggle on teacher evaluations, the U.S. Department of Education finds.
March 19, 2014 | Updated: March 27, 2014 - Education Week
States would have to pay closer attention to the quality and safety of federally funded centers under a measure making over the Child Care and Development Block Grant program.
March 13, 2014 | Updated: March 27, 2014 - Education Week
Districts and states would get federal incentive grants to help bridge the achievement gap between poor and minority students and their more advantaged peers under a federal budget plan that faces an uphill climb on Capitol Hill.
March 11, 2014 - Education Week
The Evergreen State's struggle to craft a teacher-evaluation system that passes federal muster shows the challenge faced by many states that have received NCLB waivers from the Obama administration.
March 3, 2014 - Education Week
The pressure on schools to upgrade their technology is growing very fast right now, but they will not see the new E-rate dollars until 2015.
February 25, 2014 - Education Week
Even though it's a state under Democratic control, California's education policies do not fall in line with those of the Obama administration, writes Charles Taylor Kerchner.
February 25, 2014 - Education Week
A spate of GOP-sponsored legislation targets what critics see as an improper federal role in boosting the common academic standards.
February 25, 2014 - Education Week
Districts need guidance to develop compassionate but financially sustainable policies on school-meal payment, writes Patricia Montague of the School Nutrition Association.
February 21, 2014 - Education Week
States have been allowed to back off from the core goal of educational equity, a group of powerful House Democrats tell the U.S. Department of Education.
February 18, 2014 - Education Week

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