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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 education secretary sought to shine a spotlight on promising educational approaches in a trip that took her to six states.
October 4, 2017 – Education Week
The U.S. Secretary of Education spoke with Education Week in a wide-ranging interview during the secretary’s recent “Rethink School” tour
October 4, 2017 – Education Week
Nearly all states have now laid out their blueprints for how they intend to hold schools accountable under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Here's our review of state ESSA plans.
October 4, 2017 – Education Week
Educators in Puerto Rico, where the public school system was already in financial distress before Hurricane Maria hit, say the overwhelming need for basic supplies like electricity and water will make students' return to school extremely challenging.
October 4, 2017 – Education Week
Three long-standing presidential commissions designed to expand educational opportunities for non-white students are set to expire Saturday and members say months of silence from the Trump administration has them worried they’re about to be dissolved.
October 4, 2017 – Education Week
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

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