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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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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.

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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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Lawmakers are considering legislation that would put limits on the state’s charter school sector and give districts broader discretion to deny applications.
June 3, 2019 – Education Week
Policymakers feel the squeeze as popular support for increased education funding collides with an aversion to taxes and the education bureaucracy.
June 5, 2019 – Quality Counts
The House subcommittee that handles the U.S. Department of Education's budget unveiled its spending proposal last week. This was a chance for newly empowered House Democrats to show just how far apart they are from Trump on issues like Title I, Title IV, and other programs Trump wants to eliminate.
May 8, 2019 – Education Week
The annual list of how much states get in the way of federal Title I funding is released by the Congressional Research Service.
May 1, 2019 – Education Week
Dispute over a proposed citizenship question on the 2020 census gets a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday April 23, with many school groups watching closely for the impact it could have on funding.
May 1, 2019 – Education Week
Rural communities with low internet connection could soon see upgrades thanks to a new Department of Agriculture grant program.
May 1, 2019 – Education Week
Increased air pollution threatens students' academic success more than you might think, warns physician and former classroom teacher Kunal Sindhu.
April 18, 2019 – Education Week
Count educators as part of the population taking a keen interest in a major U.S. Supreme Court case about whether President Donald Trump's administration properly added a question about U.S. citizenship to the 2020 census.
April 17, 2019 – Education Week
After weathering a political storm over the Trump administration's proposed budget at the end of March, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos continued her run of public appearances into April, and got widely varied reactions from state education leaders and from lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
April 17, 2019 – Education Week
A sharply divided Supreme Court hears arguments over when courts should defer to a federal agency's interpretation of its own ambiguous regulations—an issue that has arisen in education over such issues as transgender student rights and racial disparities in student discipline.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week

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