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Here's some highlights of President Donald Trump's impact on education in his first year in office—and a look at what his five predecessors did over that time. (January 17, 2018)

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he U.S. Department of Education has had 11 secretaries since its birth as a Cabinet-level department in 1980. Check out these pages for a deep look at each secretary's tenure, challenges, and accomplishments.

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Despite the implementation of many well-intentioned reforms, special education continues to miss the mark for students with disabilities, write Mark Alter, Marc Gottlieb, and Jay Gottlieb.
February 15, 2018 – Education Week
As the White House pledges a big push to rebuild the national infrastructure, education advocates push for money to rebuild and refurbish aging, substandard schools.
February 14, 2018 – Education Week
In a discussion with reporters, the education secretary talked about her plans for "rethinking" schools, deregulation, implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, what's next on school choice, and more.
February 14, 2018 – Education Week
The federal spending plan to be unveiled later this month is likely to combine three significant research programs.
February 7, 2018 – Education Week
K-12 leaders are trying to prepare for a post-"net neutrality" world by reviewing their contracts with internet service providers to protect the flow of internet content.
January 17, 2018 – Education Week
Education Department funding, the prospects for a school choice initiative, and the federal regulatory footprint all could be in play in 2018.
January 17, 2018 – Education Week
Here's some highlights of President Donald Trump's impact on education in his first year in office—and a look at what his five predecessors did over that time.
January 17, 2018 – Education Week
Undocumented students and teachers shielded by DACA remain in limbo as Congress has not yet resolved their legal status since President Trump declared an end to protections that allow them to work legally.
January 4, 2018 – Education Week
Republicans in Congress want to simplify student aid forms in their rewrite of the Higher Education Act. But they also would end student-loan forgiveness programs that help some teachers, and would shut off funding for teacher-preparation programs.
December 13, 2017 – Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling in Shelby County, Ala. v. Holder gutted a portion of the 1956 Voting Rights Act, and the reverberations continue for school board and other local elections.
December 13, 2017 – Education Week

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