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ESSA has some limited avenues for states to champion various types of school choice options. But only a handful of states are taking advantage of those opportunities, according to reviews of the plans.


The Puerto Rico Department of Education will receive $589 million of this Immediate Aid to Restart School Operations program money, while the Texas and California will receive smaller amounts.


The Every Student Succeeds Act doesn't include separate funding for science, technology, engineering, and math. But it does let states to use funding from other programs to bolster those subjects.


Tennessee lawmakers' decision to essentially let districts toss this year's assessment scores due to technical difficulties could provide a gauge of how flexible the education secretary is willing to be in implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.


The education secretary has approved Every Student Succeeds Act plans from 37 states and the District of Columbia. How do they handle key issues like tests and academic goals?


A top staffer overseeing implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act at the U.S. Department of Education has a message for states: Don't forget about reading and math.


Introduced with bipartisan support, a new bill seeks to boost the supply of good career-and-technical-education teachers.


U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos may have approved Every Student Succeeds Act plans for 37 states, but two of the biggest—Florida and California—are still waiting for the feds' blessing.


The U.S. Department of Education has released state-by-state spending estimates for key programs based on the fiscal 2018 spending bill President Donald Trump signed last month. See how your state stacks up on two notable programs.


U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos met with Pentagon officials Thursday to talk about one of her favorite topics: Extending school choice to the children of military personnel.


Districts, experts said, may end up doing the same things they have before when it comes to school improvement, and may end up getting the same results.


A school safety forum on Capitol Hill hosted by Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio focused on help students help their peers who might present a threat and improving security measures for schools.


Muñiz is the fifth Trump political nominee to the Education Department to be approved by the Senate, but nominees for positions that oversee issues like civil rights and policy analysis still await confirmation.


As the wife of former President George H.W. Bush, she used the bully pulpit of her office as first lady to advance the issue on behalf of both for children and parents.


As the political fallout continues from teacher protests in states like Oklahoma and Kentucky, it's worth revisiting how the general public has said it feels about teachers in recent polls.


Democrats are unhappy that the education secretary has appeared on Capitol Hill less often than her recent predecessors, but Republicans cite scheduling conflicts and other factors.


The U.S. education secretary and her four most recent predecessors agreed at a conference that the nation still struggles to educate its future workforce 35 after the landmark "A Nation at Risk" report.


Two big topics in education politics this season, union power and gun control, were at the center of a clash between the American Federation of Teachers and the National Rifle Association.


Speaker of the House Paul Ryan ensured passage of ESSA in 2015 and gave a boost to parents seeking resources for school choice through a tax-reform bill approved in 2017.


U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is approving plans that fly in the face of the Every Student Succeeds Act's protections for vulnerable children, more than a dozen civil rights groups, including the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights say.


The consortium representing various veterans' groups and uniformed associations is pushing back on the Education Savings Accounts for Military Families Act, which was introduced last month by Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind.


The education secretary praises the Sunshine State while lamenting a national report that showed little progress in reading and math, and persistent achievement gaps between low-income and minority students and their peers.


The department is mulling scrapping the guidance, or making major tweaks to it, as part of an administration-wide effort to slim down regulations.


U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said that striking teachers in Oklahoma shouldn't let "adult disagreements" get in the way of serving students.


In what was billed as a victory for the school choice community, the Every Student Succeeds Act allowed districts to apply for the "weighted student funding pilot." But it may not turn out that way, at least as far as a few districts are concerned.


The move would leave Puerto Rico with 828 public schools in a system that currently serves about 320,000 students. The planned closures would fuel growing debate over the direction of the island's school system after Hurricane Maria.


A new blueprint for fighting opioid addiction from Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., would focus on youth prevention and recovery, and create a new task force to help children cope with trauma related to opioids.


U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has been thinking of tossing or tweaking Obama-era guidance that seeks to address serious discipline disparities between racial minorities and their white peers.


The department's investigative office suggested new controls, like clearly marking documents that are not intended for public release and regularly training employees on the protection of confidential information.


Trump has reportedly discussed with House Republican leaders the idea of effectively cutting some spending out of the $1.3 trillion omnibus bill he signed late last month.


The Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico, which represents nearly 30,000 teachers working in the U.S. territory, filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in response to a new education law signed by Gov. Ricardo Rosselló late last month.


What will ESSA look like when it really hits the classroom? Will ESSA really feel different from the No Child Left Behind Act? Those topics and more in a new Education Week report.


The pilot, which was initially one of the most buzzed about pieces of ESSA, allows states to try out new forms of testing in a handful of districts, with the goal of eventually taking them statewide.


The biggest federal pot of cash earmarked for K-12, Title I gets $15.8 billion in the recently approved fiscal 2018 budget. But how exactly will that increase work?


The new federal spending levels approved by President Donald Trump include a $2.6 billion boost for the U.S. Department of Education. But what's the story behind that number?


What could $521 million buy you at the U.S. Department of Education, or outside the Beltway? Lots of money to pay teachers, for one thing.


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