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Nearly two months into the new administration and with ESSA deadlines looming, the agency has yet to fill key positions and faces steep cuts in its proposed budget.
For students with disabilities, vouchers can help open the door to private school attendance, but they come with trade-offs, including the loss of specific legal protections.
One high-achieving school works to get a handle on the racial- and income-based disparities that continue to divide its students.
Federal and state agencies are supporting a wide range of education and workforce-development efforts aimed at countering digital security threats.
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Educators are turning to Twitter, Skype, and other technology tools to bring real, live writers into their classrooms.
The standards, developed by 50 arts and education groups, stress teaching broad concepts and include media arts.
Long frustrated by failed efforts to turn around Michigan's worst public schools, top Republican officials in the state decided it was time for a drastic measure: shut down 38 schools that were ranked continually in the bottom 5 percent statewide and shift their students to better options elsewhere.
Approval of a charter school bill and a measure that overhauls the state's nearly 30-year-old K-12 law is likely to bring widespread changes to the Bluegrass State.
State school leaders say they’ll forge ahead now that Obama-era accountability rules are being dismantled, but advocates vow to keep a close watch on what happens next.
After a rough start on the communications front, Betsy DeVos faces a steep climb to get her points across to the public while settling into her policy role.
The Trump administration seeks deep cuts to Education Department funding, including elimination of programs supporting professional development and after-school and extended-learning.
Studying American history can teach students how to recognize misleading political rhetoric, writes teacher Chris Doyle.
Four brain-fitness interventions are helping students come to school ready to learn, writes researcher Nancy Grasmick.
Letters
The stories of the youngest victims of gun violence say a lot about U.S. culture, notes The Guardian editor Gary Younge in a Q&A.
School resource officers are making racial disparities in discipline worse, not better, writes UCLA professor Tyrone C. Howard.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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