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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

01/17 05:11 pm | Trump Team Plans to Relax School Lunch Rules. Opponents Warn of 'Junk Food Loophole' | The USDA proposed relaxing school lunch rules to give schools more flexibility in how they feed students. But nutrition groups said the proposed rules would create a ...

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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.

EDUCATION WEEK QUIZ

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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News that the education secretary and her team are pondering whether school districts can spend federal money to buy guns to arm teachers and other school staff is drawing widespread condemnation.
August 29, 2018 – Education Week
The divisive debate over arming educators, as well as the need for student mental-health services, were prime topics at a whirlwind series of school safety commission hearings, but gun control didn’t make the agenda.
August 22, 2018 – Education Week
Answering your questions about the federal law’s mandate that states report school-by-school spending data, and what that means for the debate over K-12 funding at the local level.
August 9, 2018 – Education Week
Districts still have legal responsibility for private school students with disabilities within their boundaries, but it can be a tricky relationship to navigate.
August 2, 2018 – Education Week
The Trump administration made updating the federal career and technical education law a priority, as its other plans, such as expanding school choice, have stalled.
July 31, 2018 – Education Week
Campaigns by states and school districts to persuade more students to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid have largely been a success. The problem: too few of those students come from high-poverty schools.
July 25, 2018 – Education Week
ESSA locked federal testing mandates in place, participation is ticking up in key states, and the opt-out movement has been overshadowed by funding, teacher pay, and other battles.
July 23, 2018 – Education Week
Leaving education decisions up to employers is not healthy for America, writes former assistant labor secretary Arnold Packer.
July 19, 2018 – Education Week
Legislation advances on career and technical education and on spending for the U.S. Department of Education, along with confirmation of key personnel.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week
A federal appeals court judge in Washington whose mother taught in the District of Columbia, Kavanaugh has a relatively light record of rulings on education. If confirmed, he would succeed Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week

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