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Farewell, From One-Half of the Politics K-12 Team

While I'm not hanging up my press badge, this will be my last blog post for Politics K-12 and for Education Week.

[Insert sad face here.]

I begin Monday as the national education reporter for U.S. News and World Report, where I'll be covering K-12 and higher education policy. I'm excited for this new opportunity, but leaving this bunch of talented and dedicated education journalists will be tough.

I'm really proud of the work I've been able to do here at EdWeek as congressional and federal policy reporter, with the help of my colleagues, including the editors, and Web, art and photography teams. It seems from the moment I walked through the door there was lots and lots to do.

In fact, my very first story for EdWeek in July of 2014 was a package about how Race to the Top was being implemented all across Tennessee, complete with a great photo-audio component that featured teachers talking about the Common Core State Standards.

After that, I jumped on the bus with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for his back-to-school bus tour. Then came the 2014 election season, during which I poured over FEC filings for an intense campaign finance package.

And who could forget the tick-tock of congressional efforts to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act?

I think if you ask any EdWeek alum about their experience working here, they'd gush about what a special place it is. That may seem cliché, but it's the truth.

I'm enormously grateful to everyone at EdWeek for their support during my time here. And extra special thanks to my rock star beat partner, Alyson Klein, who will skipper the blog solo for a little while until a new blogger and federal policy reporter is on board. Stay tuned.

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