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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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No school district will escape the financial fallout brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Here are key questions and answers about what to expect in the turbulent months and years ahead.
April 13, 2020 – Education Week
Depending on how much states cut their own funding in the face of a downturn, the billions approved by Congress so far may not be enough to avoid reductions in per-pupil spending.
April 7, 2020 – Education Week
The measure fast-tracked through Congress and signed by President Donald Trump includes regulatory flexibility and money for K-12, but states and local officials already say more is needed.
April 1, 2020 – Education Week
The massive aid package aimed at helping the nation cope with the coronavirus pandemic includes both funding and regulatory flexibility focused specifically on schools and students.
April 1, 2020 – Education Week
Both the AFT and the NEA vowed to engage their members more deeply this year in deciding who to back for the White House. How well have they done?
March 25, 2020 – Education Week
The coronavirus is a once-in-a-generation crisis that requires unprecedented measures to protect public health, including a financial safety net, writes John Bailey.
March 23, 2020 – Education Week
Answers to how the new federal law on emergency paid leave affects teachers, administrators, staff, and other full- and part-time workers in America’s K-12 schools.
March 20, 2020 – Education Week
School and district closures as a result of the new coronavirus has thrown a big, unforeseen roadblock into efforts to drive down rates of student absences.
March 18, 2020 – Education Week
Despite being rebuked by Congress in its bid to do so last year, the U.S. Department of Education says it will use Education Innovation and Research funds for teacher professional development vouchers.
March 18, 2020 – Education Week
Democrats decry plans to slash Education Department funding and cut key programs as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos defends the Trump administration's budget request.
March 4, 2020 – Education Week

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