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What's in Store for States on Federal ESSA Oversight

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has the tools to hold states' feet to the fire on implementation of the federal K-12 law, but advocates remain wary about how aggressively her team will use them. (September 25, 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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01/17 12:32 pm | DeVos: Encourage Students to Take 'Calculated Risks' to Boost Career Paths | At an event aimed at encouraging youth entrepreneurship, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said schools need to do a better job of helping children explore different types of ...

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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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As the Trump administration considers repealing school disciplinary guidance, the heads of two Obama-era offices of civil rights fire back.
April 11, 2018 – Education Week
After turning out massive crowds of protesters, those pushing for tighter gun restrictions in the wake of school shootings face the practical challenges of election-year turnout and polarized legislatures.
March 26, 2018 – Education Week
Opponents say changes intended to make the complaint process more efficient may end up scuttling some complaints that have merit.
April 11, 2018 – Education Week
Students from the Florida school where 17 were killed last month ignited the movement fueling demonstrations this weekend in the nation’s capital and hundreds of sites nationwide.
March 22, 2018 – Education Week
The chief privacy officer in the U.S. Education Department was reassigned and replaced on an interim basis as part of a broader reorganization that could have big implications for how the federal government supports schools and districts in protecting student privacy.
March 21, 2018 – Education Week
Legislation on school safety is bubbling in the Republican-controlled Congress, though new gun restrictions don't appear to be in the cards.
March 21, 2018 – Education Week
Education savings accounts would give the families of U.S. armed services much-needed school choice, writes Heritage Foundation’s Lindsey M. Burke.
March 20, 2018 – Education Week
Betsy DeVos should take a closer look at how schools are innovating, writes Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota's Superintendent of Public Instruction.
March 21, 2018 – Education Week
The Trump administration may turn its school choice focus to a group of students the federal government has a special responsibility for: military-connected kids.
March 7, 2018 – Education Week
The Supreme Court's refusal to intervene in the legal battle over DACA means more uncertainty for young undocumented immigrants unless Congress acts.
March 7, 2018 – Education Week

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