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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 13, 2018)

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

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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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These essays have been adapted for Education Week from the recently published book Carrots, Sticks, and the Bully Pulpit. The explore federal involvement in education policy.

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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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Giving blanket amnesty to young undocumented immigrants would undercut the rule of law, warns conservative commentator Lance Izumi.
April 4, 2018 – Education Week
This special report takes a multifaceted look at just how prepared states, districts, and schools are for implementing ESSA's changes when the law goes into full effect for the 2018-19 school year.
April 4, 2018 – Education Week
The Every Student Succeeds Act becomes a working reality in district central offices and schools this fall, but it remains to be seen if the new federal law will live up to its bipartisan promise.
April 4, 2018 – Education Week
Chronic absenteeism and college-and-career readiness prove popular as states look to choose a school performance measure beyond test scores and grad rates.
April 4, 2018 – Education Week
ESSA’s new requirement that districts report school-by-school spending numbers could prove a boon to the public and parents, and a headache for school administrators.
April 4, 2018 – Education Week
So far, just a handful are aiming to take advantage of new leeway on how to measure student learning, despite long-standing calls for a freer hand on assessments.
April 4, 2018 – Education Week
The law requires states to report the performance of students of color, those with disabilities, and others, but advocates and officials are sharply divided on the approaches states intend to take.
April 4, 2018 – Education Week
The Every Student Succeeds Act includes some features new to existing federal K-12 law aimed at giving local leaders more flexibility on testing, spending, school improvement and more.
April 4, 2018 – Education Week
The future of DACA remains uncertain, but students are stepping up to defend their classmates, writes sociologist Bruce Fuller.
April 2, 2018 – Education Week
Research suggests that SNAP benefits, which could be facing steep funding cuts, are already insufficient for students, write two researchers.
March 29, 2018 – Education Week

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