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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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08/12 09:04 pm | What's the Toughest Part of ESSA For District Leaders? | School improvement, students in foster care, and lack of flexibility might be some of the difficult pieces of the Every Student Succeeds Act for school district leaders to ...

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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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The cabinet-level commission chaired by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has met once since it was created after the February shooting that killed 17 at a high school in Parkland, Fla.
May 30, 2018 – Education Week
Federal aid offers a lifeline for local organizations providing after-school programming, but providers remain concerned about the future of the $1.2 billion 21st Century Community Learning Center program.
May 16, 2018 – Education Week
Although the federal K-12 law doesn't explicitly ask for it, a systemic and data-informed approach to long-term student achievement is part of the mix for many states as they implement the Every Student Succeeds Act.
May 7, 2018 – Education Week
The number of districts reporting desegregation cases nearly doubled from 2013-14 to 2015-16, after plunging 86 percent four years ago on the Education Department’s previous biennial report.
May 2, 2018 – Education Week
New federal data on 99 percent of the nation’s schools tally up a long and growing list of inequities that disadvantage students of color and those with disabilities.
May 2, 2018 – Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education has released state-by-state spending estimates for key programs based on the fiscal 2018 spending bill President Donald Trump signed last month.
May 2, 2018 – Education Week
Johnny Collett’s selection to oversee special education for the U.S. Department of Education was a rare point of agreement between the Trump administration and the disability-advocacy community.
April 25, 2018 – Education Week
Some states have been told they’ll need to change the way they assess students with severe cognitive disabilities because of changes under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
April 25, 2018 – Education Week
The Education Department provides comprehensive information on educational opportunity and equity in every public school and district in the country, with detailed demographic breakdowns.
April 24, 2018 – Education Week
Congress approved a spending bill for fiscal 2018 that boosts the Education Department’s budget to the largest number in its history, despite President Donald Trump’s proposal for a cutback.
April 11, 2018 – Education Week

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