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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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Issue Backgrounder

Politics K-12 Blog

10/23 04:23 pm | What Should Students Learn in Sex Education? In This State, Voters Will Decide | Washington voters will consider a statewide mandate for comprehensive sex education. It fits into a national patchwork of what states allow, and prohibit, in sex education.

Special Collections

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.


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?

On-Demand Webinars

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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From registration to balloting, COVID-19's disruption is adding friction for young people casting their first votes. Some are helping others navigate the process.
October 21, 2020 – Education Week
The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that the Trump administration can end census field operations early, in a blow to efforts to make sure minorities and hard-to-enumerate communities are properly counted in the crucial once-a-decade tally.
October 14, 2020 – AP
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos encouraged U.S. schools rethink their ties to the Confucius Institute, a program that brings Chinese language classes to America.
October 9, 2020 – AP
The new test kits, public health experts stress, can help drive down transmission in school buildings. But mask wearing and physical distancing must continue.
October 21, 2020 – Education Week
This year’s norm-breaking election has introduced a host of new challenges for social studies and civics teachers, who are already trying to navigate a polarized political climate.
October 7, 2020 – Education Week
Cases involving religious freedom vs. anti-discrimination as well as Obamacare already are on the docket, and disputes dealing with union rights and other issues are knocking at the door.
September 30, 2020 – Education Week
More layoffs and damaging cuts loom as districts move deeper into the school year with their budgets depleting and Congress stalemated over emergency relief.
October 7, 2020 – Education Week
Expect schools to play a big role in mass inoculations once a vaccine is ready, while school staff may be high on the priority list of recipients.
September 30, 2020 – Education Week
The failure to reach a deal on emergency coronavirus pandemic aid with the school year already underway leaves the education community frustrated and worried as challenges multiply.
September 23, 2020 – Education Week
As the president accepts his party’s nomination, his messaging reflects a bundle of priorities, from getting schools back open and pushing school choice to the hot-button issue of how American history is taught.
September 2, 2020 – Education Week

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