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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
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Ninety-four percent of school districts in the nation are meeting targets for web connectivity, three years after federal officials overhauled the E-Rate program.
September 20, 2017 – Education Week
Long-simmering splits among state policymakers roiled the process of hammering out their mandated federal blueprints for how to put the Every Student Succeeds Act into effect.
September 20, 2017 – Education Week
Despite legislation in both chambers and a White House push for action, prospects remain unclear for legal protections for those brought to the United States illegally as minors.
September 20, 2017 – Education Week
After-school programs and money to hire and train teachers win a reprieve in a bill moving through the Senate, but voucher and public school choice proposals aren’t so lucky.
September 13, 2017 – Education Week
With the Trump administration's order to rescind Obama-era protections for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, students and educators directly affected say they will mount a fight to win permanent legal status.
September 13, 2017 – Education Week
A federal judge has ruled that Arizona's ban on ethnic studies courses was motivated by racial discrimination.
August 30, 2017 – Education Week
Though the president’s order to bar transgender military members hasn’t gone through, such pronouncements have ripple effects on students, writes Amira Hasenbush.
August 23, 2017 – Education Week
After a rocky start from federal officials, approvals and feedback are coming at a fast clip for states looking to get their Every Student Succeeds Act plans in order.
August 23, 2017 – Education Week
It may be a challenging job, but principals must address immigration-related fears of their school community, writes Nancy Gutierrez.
August 11, 2017 – Education Week
Is the United States on the right track when it comes to funding education? Five education experts and practitioners discuss.
August 23, 2017 – Education Week

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