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January 25, 2017

What Does Trump's Hiring Freeze Mean for the Education Department?

President Donald Trump's executive order affecting many federal agencies, with the exception of military employees, could mean longer hours for career staff and slower response to inquiries.

January 12, 2017

Sources: Former Bush Economic Adviser a Top Contender for Deputy Secretary

Allan B. Hubbard, who served as an economic adviser during both Bush administrations, is a top contender for deputy secretary, the Education Department's No. 2 job.

December 20, 2016

Six New Promise Neighborhoods Grants Totaling $33 Million Announced

Winners in the latest round of federal grants include a college in Kentucky, a health-care nonprofit group in Mississippi, and the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians in California.

December 13, 2016

Ed. Dept. Announces $12 Million Grant Competition to Boost Diversity

The grant competition announced Tuesday would give up to 20 school districts the opportunity to craft roadmaps for increasing student diversity and get started on those plans.

October 26, 2016

Race to the Top's Impact on Student Achievement, State Policy Unclear, Report Says

There's no hard-and-fast evidence that Race to the Top, Obama administration's $4 billion, signature K-12 initiative had a long-term impact on student achievement or state policy, according to a report released Wednesday by the Institute for Education Sciences, the U.S. Department of Education's research arm.

October 17, 2016

Graduation Rate Hits Record High of 83.2 Percent: Should Obama Take Credit?

High school graduation rates inched up for the fourth year in a row, by nearly one percentage point in the 2014-15 school year, the Obama administration announced Monday.

October 12, 2016

Test Scores Get Less Emphasis in Final Federal Teacher-Preparation Rules

The U.S. Department of Education today released its long-awaited final rules on teacher preparation. The rules, first proposed in 2014, aim to hold teacher-training programs accountable for the performance of their graduates.

September 07, 2016

Throwback: When a New Administration Tried to Dismantle the Ed. Dept.

Thirty-five years ago this week, in its very first issue, Education Week published details of a memo written by the Education Secretary taking aim at the department itself.

July 08, 2016

Corrections Spending Grows at Triple the Rate of School Funding, Ed. Dept. Reports

"We need to invest more in prevention than in punishment, to invest more in schools, not prisons," states U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.

May 16, 2016

Education Department's Transgender Guidance: Congress, K-12 Leaders React

Democrats and some education advocates said the guidance provides important protection for transgender students, while Republicans and others call it an inappropriate federal intrusion into education.

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