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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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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.

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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 swift, deep collapse of revenue brought on by the coronavirus pandemic could devastate school district budgets. Here's what veteran school leaders and finance experts say can be done to prepare for a prolonged downturn and limit the damage.
June 3, 2020 – Quality Counts
The EdWeek Research Center surveyed more than 300 district leaders nationwide about the financial outlook for their systems, vulnerable areas of their operations, and their experiences during the last major economic downturn.
June 3, 2020 – Quality Counts
Masked staff, closed cafeterias, and reconfigured classrooms are among the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as schools weigh how to reopen and keep staff and students safe from the coronavirus.
June 3, 2020 – Education Week
With the stakes high in November, school shutdowns, reopenings, and money for recovery could put education front and center for voters, and complicate things for politicians and activists alike.
June 3, 2020 – Education Week
A pair of cases being heard by the high court will likely determine whether job-discrimination laws apply to tens of thousands of teachers at religious schools.
May 7, 2020 – Education Week
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

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