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Turnover in top leadership in Congress and at the Education Department complicates the prospects for completing unfinished business on education policy.
October 12, 2015 - Education Week
In a state where charters have generated scandal-ridden headlines for years, critics and advocates alike are calling for tougher oversight.
October 9, 2015 - Education Week
Teacher effectiveness and common academic standards remain front and center for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, even as the Obama administration, which shares those priorities, prepares to enter its last full year.
October 8, 2015 - Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education has relaunched one of the most powerful tools it wields over states' academic standards and assessments: the "peer review" process that had been suspended for three years.
October 6, 2015 - Education Week
Common-core test outcomes should serve as indicators for assessing student needs, argue Joshua Starr and Elaine Weiss.
October 6, 2015 - Education Week
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan would like to see states and local governments repurpose some of the money they spend on incarceration and pour it into salaries for educators.
October 6, 2015 - Education Week
Duncan, who leaves in December, has pushed through dramatic levels of change in K-12 policy over nearly seven years in office.
October 2, 2015 - Education Week
From the courtroom and ballot box to legislative chambers, budget battles heat up in a number of states as the 2015-16 school year gets underway.
September 29, 2015 - Education Week
The latest face-off among Republicans running for the White House included allusions to federal overreach, little of substance on K-12.
September 22, 2015 - Education Week
As his annual back-to-school bus tour rolled along, the Secretary of Education talked talked waivers, common core, and other issues with Education Week’s Alyson Klein.
September 22, 2015 - Education Week

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