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Advocates Build Case for Federal School Construction Aid

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)

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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05/21 01:30 pm | Will the Texas Shooting Prompt Action From Trump's School Safety Commission? | Now that there has been another deadly school shooting, at Santa Fe High School in Texas, educators, parents, and others are wondering just what the commission, led by U.S. ...

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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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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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As the Trump administration considers repealing school disciplinary guidance, the heads of two Obama-era offices of civil rights fire back.
April 11, 2018 – Education Week
After turning out massive crowds of protesters, those pushing for tighter gun restrictions in the wake of school shootings face the practical challenges of election-year turnout and polarized legislatures.
March 26, 2018 – Education Week
Opponents say changes intended to make the complaint process more efficient may end up scuttling some complaints that have merit.
April 11, 2018 – Education Week
Students from the Florida school where 17 were killed last month ignited the movement fueling demonstrations this weekend in the nation’s capital and hundreds of sites nationwide.
March 22, 2018 – Education Week
The chief privacy officer in the U.S. Education Department was reassigned and replaced on an interim basis as part of a broader reorganization that could have big implications for how the federal government supports schools and districts in protecting student privacy.
March 21, 2018 – Education Week
Legislation on school safety is bubbling in the Republican-controlled Congress, though new gun restrictions don't appear to be in the cards.
March 21, 2018 – Education Week
Education savings accounts would give the families of U.S. armed services much-needed school choice, writes Heritage Foundation’s Lindsey M. Burke.
March 20, 2018 – Education Week
Betsy DeVos should take a closer look at how schools are innovating, writes Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota's Superintendent of Public Instruction.
March 21, 2018 – Education Week
The Trump administration may turn its school choice focus to a group of students the federal government has a special responsibility for: military-connected kids.
March 7, 2018 – Education Week
The Supreme Court's refusal to intervene in the legal battle over DACA means more uncertainty for young undocumented immigrants unless Congress acts.
March 7, 2018 – Education Week

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