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Candidates & Education: A Guide for 2020

The 2020 presidential campaign has put key education issues in the spotlight, sometimes in unexpected ways. This interactive Education Week tracker gives you one-click access to where the Democratic and Republican candidates stand on nearly a dozen major education topics. (September 26, 2019)

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Worried that far too many students have weak reading skills, states are passing new laws that require aspiring teachers—and, increasingly, teachers who are already in the classroom—to master reading instruction that’s solidly grounded in research.
February 20, 2020 – Education Week
Many states have recently enacted laws or rules designed to ensure that teachers are well versed in evidence-based reading instruction. Here are some highlights.
February 20, 2020 – Education Week
The reason young people fail to vote is not because they don't care about politics or policy, but because they don't know how to translate their ideals into action, a new book argues.
February 20, 2020 – Education Week
There are five key values to consider when separating campaign rhetoric from how a candidate would actually govern, writes Robert Feirsen.
February 14, 2020 – Education Week
On the second anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, three surviving family members write about how they believe schools can be made safer.
February 12, 2020 – Education Week
Emotions remain raw as educators and residents in a rural Wisconsin district dig for solutions after being denied the option of dissolving.
February 12, 2020 – Education Week
In his State of the Union Address, President Donald Trump urged passage of a $5 billion federal program that would provide tax-credits to cover the cost of private school scholarships.
February 12, 2020 – Education Week
A new "one-stop shop" website on school safety has gone live, a joint effort of four federal agencies that is drawing strong backing from the families whose loved ones were killed in the 2018 shooting rampage in at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
February 10, 2020 – Education Week
The father of a high school freshman killed in the 2018 mass shooting at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was removed from the audience at President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night after shouting out during the president's speech.
February 5, 2020 – Education Week
Private schools receiving taxpayer money through vouchers will likely be able to continue to discriminate against LGBTQ students, after a key GOP lawmaker indicated he won’t take steps to deny funds to schools with such policies.
January 31, 2020 – McClatchy-Tribune

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