Federal Policy

The latest news about federal policy, including articles, opinion essays, and special features.

Timeline: Party Platforms & Charter Schools

A look at the two major political parties' platforms since the first charter school law was passed shows how Democrats' positions on school choice have evolved, including increased calls for accountability. (June 18, 2019)

Spotlight on ESSA

In this Spotlight, learn what ESSA's implementation will mean for teacher evaluation, early-childhood programs, literacy, and more.

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Politics K-12 Blog

01/22 03:12 pm | An Exit Interview With John White, the Nation's Longest-Serving State Schools Chief | John White, the nation's longest-serving state K-12 schools superintendent who's stepping down in March, said the environment for education leaders has become more ...

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At a Glance: U.S. Secretaries of Education
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.

Special Report: ESSA on the Runway
The Every Student Succeeds Act makes its classroom debut this fall. Here’s a look at where things stand after more than two years of preparation by states and school districts that must make ESSA legislative blueprint a reality.

EDUCATION WEEK QUIZ

Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About ESSA?
What is the "Weighted Student Funding Pilot", how do select states plan to use Title II funding, and how does ESSA influence state flexibility in determining teacher evaluation criteria?

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ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Webinars
Professional development opportunity: This collection of webinars on the Every Student Succeeds Act covers what the law means for classroom teachers, schools, districts, and education companies.

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How have private school choice and "right to work" laws driven political donations from teachers' unions and education reform groups? New research tries to answer that question, and finds some surprising results.
January 22, 2020 – Education Week
Legislators in New Hampshire turned down $46 million in federal charter school grants, concerned about continued costs once the money ran out.
January 22, 2020 – Education Week
The case being heard by the Supreme Court next week deals with a debate that has raged since the 19th century about federal education funding for private religious schools.
January 15, 2020 – Education Week
Calls to fully fund the nation's main special education law resound on the campaign trail, but a complex array of factors make that an elusive goal.
January 15, 2020 – Education Week
U.S. health officials will ban most flavored e-cigarettes popular with underage teenagers, but with major exceptions that benefit vaping manufacturers, retailers, and adults who use the nicotine-emitting devices.
January 2, 2020 – AP
Common Core. School shootings. ESSA. Betsy DeVos. The past 10 years have been a whirlwind of policy upheaval, tragedy, and change for K-12 education. Here’s 10 highlights—and a bonus.
December 18, 2019 – Education Week
The Every Student Succeeds Act is now four years old; here’s what educators and officials from across the K-12 spectrum think about where it stands.
December 10, 2019 – Education Week
The political landscape for updating school finance systems won’t be any easier in the 2020 legislative season, despite a surging economy, state flexibility under ESSA, and single-party control in many states.
December 11, 2019 – Education Week
The recent Chicago Teachers Union strike drew attention from Democratic presidential candidates in Illinois, a state won by Democrats in the last White House contest. For 2020, it's possible we could see a twist on that story: big-city teacher strikes in states with less predictable outcomes.
November 27, 2019 – Education Week
Proposed changes to the massive trove of civil rights data the U.S. Department of Education collects from every public school in the country has drawn organized praise from advocates concerned about anti-Semitism in schools.
November 27, 2019 – Education Week

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