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In-depth regular coverage of the role of politics in education—and vice versa.

The nation’s governors are stepping up efforts to increase control over their colleges and universities.
July 18, 2007 – Education Week

Some opposed the law on campaign trail, but have refined their views.
May 16, 2007 – Education Week

Presidential candidates have offered few specifics so far on K-12 policy proposals.
April 11, 2007 – Education Week

In the 1990s, Mr. Obama led a privately funded school reform initiative—an experience that shaped the Illinois senator's perspective on the critical importance of principals and teachers.
March 7, 2007 – Education Week

Legislative committees invest broad authority in panels' top leadership.
January 31, 2007 – Education Week

Republicans took control of Congress in 1995 promising to change dramatically the federal government’s role in K-12 education. Twelve years later, they have done just that, but not in the way they expected.
December 13, 2006 – Education Week

In the lead-up to Election Day next week, the two national teachers’ unions have set their sights on swaying several state gubernatorial contests, as well as a crop of federal races that could help determine control of Congress.
November 1, 2006 – Education Week

When Utah state Rep. David N. Cox persuaded fellow Republicans to vote against a school voucher bill last year, he did more than help doom the idea. He became an election-year target.
September 27, 2006 – Education Week

These days, most U.S. education policy decisions are made at the Education Department. That's a switch from the intensity of the White House's involvement during President Bush's first term.
June 14, 2006 – Education Week

Over the next year, Aaron Tang and Ethan Hutt, the energetic founders of a new education advocacy group, aim to get 1 million middle school, high school, and college students to sign a petition calling for high-quality public education for all students, not just those in suburban and middle-class neighborhoods.
May 3, 2006 – Education Week

As immigrants have moved into new territory in growing numbers, state lawmakers are becoming increasingly embroiled in debates over what public services to provide the newcomers among them living in the United States illegally.
March 29, 2006 – Education Week

An organized drive to recruit educators for this year’s House of Representative and Senate races attracts candidates frustrated about the state’s handling of the school finance system.
February 22, 2006 – Education Week

The Florida Supreme Court’s decision striking down a statewide voucher program has sparked speculation that the ruling will aid efforts to battle other voucher initiatives, and could even pose a threat to charter schools.
January 18, 2006 – Education Week

It looks as though Idaho high school students will be adding more math and science courses to their transcripts, under rigorous new standards approved by the state board of education.
November 30, 2005 – Education Week

Virginia voters say education is one of their top election issues in this fall’s race for governor. But with less than a month to go before Election Day, it’s hard to tell if Democratic candidate Timothy M. Kaine’s plan for universal prekindergarten or Republican Jerry W. Kilgore’s proposal for teacher merit pay have energized the voters they want to woo.
October 19, 2005 – Education Week

When Mayor Martin O’Malley of Baltimore showed up to give a pep talk to several hundred new teachers preparing to start their jobs last month, he brought up the “P” word along with the three R’s.
September 14, 2005 – Education Week

As the nationwide debate over attempts to bring intelligent design into public school classes has grown increasingly polarized, Bernadette Reinking and Dover CARES seem intent on conveying a centrist message to voters. Her group supports allowing discussion of intelligent design—in social studies, comparative religion, or similar classes, not as a biology lesson.
June 15, 2005 – Education Week

After nearly 40 years in elected office, North Dakota schools chief Wayne G. Sanstead has formed an enviable bond with voters and schoolchildren throughout his state. But the brisk 70-year-old has drawn increasing criticism from teachers and administrators.
May 4, 2005 – Education Week

When California Teachers Association President Barbara Kerr met with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last month, she had one pressing question: “What happened to the man we knew last year?”
March 30, 2005 – Education Week

Mark it down: 2005 may be a banner year for private school choice in state legislatures.
February 23, 2005 – Education Week

Approximately 1,200 people at a pro-education rally in Jackson, Mississipi, presented state lawmakers and the governor with more than 137,000 signatures on Jan. 11, asking them to spend more on education this year.
January 19, 2005 – Education Week

The nation’s governors are pushing high school reform as a way to build up the workforce in their states—and to score major political points in the process.
November 24, 2004 – Education Week

State schools chiefs don’t often seek election to the U.S. Senate. But this year, Democrats Inez Tenenbaum, the incumbent chief in South Carolina, and Betty Castor, a former Florida commissioner, are doing just that.
October 20, 2004 – Education Week

Although the hard-fought presidential race has dominated campaign news in recent weeks, it’s also a critical year for state legislative elections.
September 15, 2004 – Education Week

Politics Page With a long list of accomplishments and identities—author, scholar, pundit, federal humanities chief, and wife of Vice President Dick Cheney—perhaps it is the status awarded her by her young granddaughter that Lynne V. Cheney cherishes most these days.
June 16, 2004 – Education Week

Politics Page Mayor Anthony A. William's plan for assuming more control of the District of Columbia school system has found few supporters, as the search for a new chief continues.
March 31, 2004 – Education Week

Politics Page Recent incidents underscore the questions that arise over the use of school time and resources for political purposes.
February 25, 2004 – Education Week

Politics Page Conflicting results send few clear messages to policymakers and political candidates facing demands to improve schools, provide tax relief, and lift personal income—all at the same time. Includes accompanying story, "Let Noncitizens Vote, Mayoral Hopeful Says."
November 26, 2003 – Education Week

While their campaigns for governor may have a down-home feel, the candidates in Mississippi, as well as in Louisiana and Kentucky, are stressing serious issues such as education, the economy, and ways they can help people find better jobs. Voters in those three states head to the polls in the coming weeks to choose governors.
October 22, 2003 – Education Week

Politics PageAs state legislators stage their annual back-to-school events this fall, the students they're visiting have had something many of the lawmakers haven't: a summer break.
September 17, 2003 – Education Week

Politics Page Head Start advocates have greeted President Bush's proposed changes to the program with a blitzkrieg of e-mails, rallies, and a lawsuit.
June 18, 2003 – Education Week

Politics PageIt seems that the face of political activism is getting younger—at least where protests against school funding cuts are concerned.
May 14, 2003 – Education Week

Politics PageWhile most mayors have little control over the public schools in their cities, increasing public pressure is putting the elected leaders on the political hot seat to help improve struggling urban districts.
April 9, 2003 – Education Week

Just what stake does the education community have in the debate over judicial selection and the makeup of the federal judiciary? A potentially big one, say several legal experts and activists. Includes "Federal Appeals Court Vacancies."
March 5, 2003 – Education Week

Politics Page Bit by bit, the functions that former Gov. Roy Barnes transferred out of the state department of education are being brought back by the state's newly elected Republican superintendant of schools.
January 29, 2003 – Education Week

Politics Page When state lawmakers return to their capitals next month, many will do so without colleagues who for years took the lead on complex school funding issues, state testing systems, and teacher-quality initiatives.
December 4, 2002 – Education Week

Politics Page One of the most significant local contests on the Nov. 5 ballot is in Cleveland, where citizens will decide whether to keep a 4-year-old system of mayoral control of their district or return to an elected school board.
October 30, 2002 – Education Week

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