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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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We should be cheered by the 'Janus' ruling, but not because it weakens teachers’ unions, writes the Cato Institute’s Neal McCluskey.
June 27, 2018 – Education Week
Teacher and other public employee unions can’t collect agency fees from nonmembers, the court ruled in the Janus case, a decision that could hurt unions' revenue and membership numbers.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week
Here's a look at the official education requirements for children being detained, the qualifications for those being hired to provide these children with classroom instruction, and more.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week
President Donald Trump has sought to roll back much of his predecessor's legacy. Here's a guide to some key Obama-era initiatives, guidance, and regulations and how they've fared so far.
June 20, 2018 – Education Week
If U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos scraps the long-standing federal office that supports English-learners, a broad community of advocates and experts, including two former directors of the office, warn the move could harm students who already lag their peers on every academic measure.
June 20, 2018 – Education Week
Getting a more accurate enrollment count for the start of the school year is just one way that Head Start centers use data to improve operations.
June 20, 2018 – Education Week
The Supreme Court is poised to deliver a blow to the teachers' unions any day now—and labor groups are trying to get ahead of it by pushing controversial state bills.
June 14, 2018 – Education Week
The panel’s purview was spending, and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was peppered with questions about school safety, undocumented immigrant students, and Every Student Succeeds Act.
June 13, 2018 – Education Week
One in five school officers say their school is not prepared to handle an active-shooter situation, according to a nationally representative survey of school resource officers conducted by the Education Week Research Center.
June 6, 2018 – Education Week
There was little said at a Maryland school visit about controversial topics the school safety commission is likely to tackle, including whether teachers should be armed.
June 6, 2018 – Education Week

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