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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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08/23 03:17 pm | Address Racism and Gun Violence Without Stigmatizing Kids, Groups Urge Key Senator | In a letter to a key U.S. senator, the organizations say that trying to address mass violence by focusing on mental health issues fails to get at the root causes of mass ...

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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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There are 15 Democratic presidential candidates and counting and many of them are trying to stand out from the pack by appealing to a demographic that's politically energized: Teachers.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
A check-in shows that states and districts are mostly using newfound flexibility under the Every Student Succeeds Act to make incremental changes in education policy.
April 3, 2019 – Education Week
States have all had their blueprints approved under the Every Student Succeeds Act, but advocates are withholding judgment on whether those efforts are on the right track.
April 3, 2019 – Education Week
It's not enough to come up with a plan to fix the worst-performing schools, the strategy must show it has a chance of working to satisfy the Every Student Succeeds Act.
April 3, 2019 – Education Week
As part of a continuing series, Education Week’s Politics K-12 bloggers field questions from educators, policymakers, and others about meeting the challenges of the Every Student Succeeds Act.
April 3, 2019 – Education Week
For the third straight year, President Donald Trump has proposed significant cuts to the U.S. Department of Education's budget.
March 20, 2019 – Education Week
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that her department will no longer enforce a restriction that prohibits religiously affiliated organizations from providing contracted services to private school students under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
March 20, 2019 – Education Week
Will the education department let a state go in an entirely new direction, as long as what it is proposing to do is still kosher under the law?
March 20, 2019 – Education Week
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is throwing her weight behind new legislation to establish a new federal tax credit to expand choice, a senior department official said.
March 6, 2019 – Education Week
The main federal office overseeing K-12 education lost nearly 14 percent of its staff between the end of the Obama administration and the midpoint of the Trump administration. States are weighing the impact.
February 27, 2019 – Education Week

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