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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

07/13 02:32 pm | Schools Haven't Spent Much Coronavirus Relief Money From Congress. Here's Why. | A federal watchdog's report indicated that less than 1 percent of CARES Act aid had been made available to local schools. Let's explore why districts haven't ...

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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.


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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The decision by a federal appeals court recognizing the right to a basic minimum education may be felt far beyond the substandard Detroit schools underlying it, but hurdles could remain.
May 13, 2020 – Education Week
The coronavirus-driven disruption of the nation’s schools demands both practical and symbolic responses from an education secretary who has endured intense scrutiny and controversy from her first days in office.
April 29, 2020 – Education Week
The federal CARES Act will not be enough to spare school districts from painful budget cuts. How much would it take?
April 20, 2020 – Education Week
The $13.5 billion in federal K-12 funding can’t just go toward stabilizing schools. It needs to go toward mobilizing them, writes Harvard researcher Thomas J. Kane.
April 29, 2020 – Education Week
They’ll have to balance health concerns, practical challenges in getting children back to class, and pressure to get schools open so parents can get back to work.
April 15, 2020 – Education Week
No school district will escape the financial fallout brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Here are key questions and answers about what to expect in the turbulent months and years ahead.
April 13, 2020 – Education Week
Depending on how much states cut their own funding in the face of a downturn, the billions approved by Congress so far may not be enough to avoid reductions in per-pupil spending.
April 7, 2020 – Education Week
The measure fast-tracked through Congress and signed by President Donald Trump includes regulatory flexibility and money for K-12, but states and local officials already say more is needed.
April 1, 2020 – Education Week
The massive aid package aimed at helping the nation cope with the coronavirus pandemic includes both funding and regulatory flexibility focused specifically on schools and students.
April 1, 2020 – Education Week
Both the AFT and the NEA vowed to engage their members more deeply this year in deciding who to back for the White House. How well have they done?
March 25, 2020 – Education Week

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