Policy & Politics

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Education Funding Schools Can Help Families Apply for Federal Help in Paying for Home Internet Access
Families who qualify for the free and reduced-price lunch program can get $50 off their monthly broadband bills.
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Law & Courts Court Restores Officers' Immunity Over Seizure of High School Athletes in Peeping Probe
A federal appeals court ruled in the case of two campus officers involved in detaining football camp participants for hours of questioning.
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Federal Lawmakers Press CDC About Teachers' Union Influence on School Reopening Guidance
Republican senators asked CDC Director Rochelle Walensky about reports a teachers' union had input on guidance for schools on COVID-19.
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States Four States Have Placed Legal Limits on How Teachers Can Discuss Race. More May Follow
It's the latest effort by Republican lawmakers in several states to rein in the approach to issues they consider divisive or inappropriate.
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Education Funding A Lifelong Advocate Explains Why the Feds Need to Invest in the Nation's School Buildings
A veteran advocate for improving school buildings sees the fight for funding as a generational battle with enormous stakes for communities.
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A trash can and pink kiddie pool are used to collect water that leaks from the roof into the media center at Green County High School in Snow Hill, N.C..
A trash can and pink kiddie pool are used to collect water that leaks from the roof into the media center at Green County High School in Snow Hill, N.C..
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International Opinion Why Other Countries Keep Outperforming Us in Education (and How to Catch Up)
Money from the American Rescue Plan could be our last chance to build the school system we need, writes Marc Tucker.
Marc Tucker
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Federal Biden Pick for Education Civil Rights Office Has History With Racial Equity, LGBTQ Issues
Biden selected Catherine Lhamon to lead the Education Department's civil rights work, a role she also held in the Obama administration.
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Flags decorate a space outside the office of the Education Secretary at the Education Department in Washington on Aug. 9, 2017.
Flags decorate a space outside the office of the Education Secretary at the Education Department in Washington on Aug. 9, 2017.
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From Politics K-12 Blog

Equity & Diversity Group Seeks Federal Probes Into Schools That Pledge to Address Systemic Racism
Parents Defending Education, a group critical of anti-racism and "woke" education, says such district efforts may violate federal law.
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Education Funding Miguel Cardona's First Budget Hearing Becomes Forum on In-Person Learning, 1619 Project
In his first public testimony to Congress as education secretary, Cardona also touched on standardized testing and student discipline.
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Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, right, talks to 12th grade art student Madri Mazo at White Plains High School in White Plains, N.Y. on April 22, 2021.
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, left, talks to 12th grade art student Eugene Coleman at White Plains High School in White Plains, N.Y. in April.
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Social Studies GOP Leader: Biden Grant Plan Referencing Anti-Racism, 1619 Project Is 'Divisive Nonsense'
Sen. Mitch McConnell's letter to the Education Dept. about a small history program amplifies a political scrum dating back to last year.
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 20, 2021.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks on Capitol Hill in Washington earlier this month.
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Standards How New Common Core Research Connects to Biden's Plans for Children and Families
A study of national test scores indicate the early phase of the Common Core State Standards did not help disadvantaged students.
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Exclusive Data When Buying Classroom and Formative Assessments, Districts Listen to These People First
An EdWeek Market Brief survey looks at which district and school leaders shape buying decisions on the critical instructional tools.
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Marketplace K-12 Parents’ Spending on Education Boomed During the Pandemic. Here’s Why
A new analysis found that parents in the U.S. pumped billions more dollars than usual into their children’s education during the pandemic.
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Analyst's View How Will COVID Testing Intersect With the World of Ed Tech?
The startup Trace Innovations offers a window into efforts to deliver contact tracing to schools—and potentially integrate those systems into other forms of ed tech.
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Purchasing Alert Maryland District Looking for Social Studies Textbooks; Missouri District Seeking Professional Development
A district in Maryland is looking for social studies textbooks, and a district near St. Louis is seeking professional development.
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