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Year-One Presidential Scorecards on K-12

Here's some highlights of President Donald Trump's impact on education in his first year in office—and a look at what his five predecessors did over that time. (January 17, 2018)

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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K-12 American Education Since 1981
This interactive timeline digs deep into the Education Week archives to tell the story of U.S. education over the past 30 years, with a special focus on presidential terms.

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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.

Commentaries: The Federal Role in Education
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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The Trump administration's "troubling" zeal for deregulation could hurt marginalized students, caution David C. Bloomfield and Alan A. Aja.
December 4, 2017 – Education Week
Even before there was a federal education department, there was a federal education statistics agency. The National Center for Education Statistics turns 150 this year and a look at its studies over those years shows just how much American schooling has grown and changed.
November 29, 2017 – Education Week
Here are four guiding principles for a more robust public education system, from the leaders of the Teacher Union Reform Network.
November 15, 2017 – Education Week
Proposals being considered in Congress could end up shrinking revenue available for state and local leaders to spend on public schools, advocates warn.
November 15, 2017 – Education Week
Tim Kelly, the pick for assistant secretary for career and technical education, authored a personal blog that, among other things, made pointed statements about Muslims, Head Start parents, and federal efforts to recruit women into the sciences.
November 9, 2017 – Education Week
Here are five questions—and some answers—about the popular tax deduction for teachers that the Republicans’ proposed tax overhaul has put on the chopping block.
November 15, 2017 – Education Week
Here’s a snapshot of what the average teacher and the typical first-year teacher would pay under the legislation now being debated in Congress.
November 7, 2017 – Education Week
The secretary of education’s move to scrap what it says are outdated and burdensome regulations smacks up against fears that it will scale back protections for students with disabilities.
November 1, 2017 – Education Week
If confirmed to be U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' right-hand man, former South Carolina schools chief Mick Zais would share her support for school choice and a slimmer federal footprint in K-12.
November 1, 2017 – Education Week
The Trump administration has picked the leader of a group that advocates for the civil rights of the Jewish community to hold the top civil rights post under U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
November 1, 2017 – Education Week

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