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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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The $250 million pot of federal money helps pay for strategic planning in early-childhood education systems, but the program's undergone some revisions.
February 13, 2019 – Education Week
A restive Democratic base could put presidential hopefuls like Sens. Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren on the hot seat over issues such as school choice, corporate involvement in schools, and the connection between education and criminal justice.
February 13, 2019 – Education Week
Though the Supreme Court refused this particular case, some see an opening for future challenges involving First Amendment issues and public employees.
February 13, 2019 – Education Week
Nearly all are gauging school performance in part by whether students show they're ready for life after high school, a way of meeting ESSA's requirement for some measure aside from test scores.
January 23, 2019 – Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education's civil rights and special education offices are teaming up for compliance reviews, more assistance to schools and districts, and better data collection on the extent of seclusion and restraint.
January 23, 2019 – Education Week
More than four weeks into the longest-ever federal government shutdown, school district officials in some communities are mobilizing to blunt the impacts on students, families, and their own operations.
January 23, 2019 – Education Week
States and school districts would bear the weight of implementing most of the recommendations on how to safeguard students and school staff from mass shootings and other violence.
January 16, 2019 – Education Week
School districts have decisions to make about how—or whether—to change their approach to school discipline, following the Trump administration's decision last month to repeal Obama-era guidance concerning racial disparities in suspensions and expulsions.
January 16, 2019 – Education Week
Forty years since students with disabilities were legally guaranteed a public school education, many still don’t receive the education they deserve, writes Christina A. Samuels.
January 9, 2019 – Education Week
Many teachers may have lost faith in the system, but they haven’t lost hope. Andrew Ujifusa unpacks this year’s outbreak of teacher activism.
January 9, 2019 – Education Week

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