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Education news, analysis, and opinion about federal education policies and federal officials.
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    Federal Social Media Should Come With a Warning, Says U.S. Surgeon General
    A surgeon general's warning label would alert users that “social media is associated with significant mental health harms in adolescents.”
    Arianna Prothero, June 17, 2024
    4 min read
    People walk outside the U.S Capitol building in Washington, June 9, 2022.
    People walk outside the U.S Capitol building in Washington, June 9, 2022. Experts called for investments in education research and development at a symposium at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on June 13.
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    Federal Classroom Tech Outpaces Research. Why That's a Problem
    Experts call for better alignment between research and the classroom in Capitol Hill discussions.
    Sarah D. Sparks, June 13, 2024
    4 min read
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    Federal Opinion Federal Education Reform Has Largely Failed. Unfortunately, We Still Need It
    Neither NCLB nor ESSA have lived up to their promise, but the problems calling for national action persist.
    Jack Jennings, June 7, 2024
    4 min read
    Parents and community members rally outside P.S. 189 to protest New York City Mayor Eric Adam's plan to temporarily house immigrants in the school's gymnasium, seen in the background on May 16, 2023, in New York.
    Parents and community members rally outside P.S. 189 to protest New York City Mayor Eric Adam's plan to temporarily house immigrants in the school's gymnasium, seen in the background on May 16, 2023, in New York.
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    Federal A More Complete Picture of Immigration's Impact on U.S. Public Schools
    House Republicans say a migrant influx has caused "chaos" in K-12 schools. The reality is more complicated.
    Libby Stanford, June 6, 2024
    10 min read
    In this Nov. 21, 1979 file photo, Bella Abzug, left, and Patsy Mink of Women USA sit next to Gloria Steinem as she speaks in Washington where they warned presidential candidates that promises for women's rights will not be enough to get their support in the next election.
    In this Nov. 21, 1979, photo, Bella Abzug, left, and Patsy Mink of Women USA sit next to Gloria Steinem as she speaks in Washington at an event where they warned presidential candidates that promises for women's rights will not be enough to win their support in the next election.
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    Federal Explainer What Is Title IX? Schools, Sports, and Sex Discrimination
    Title IX, the law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex, is undergoing changes. What it is, how it works, and how it's enforced.
    Libby Stanford, May 31, 2024
    2 min read
    Former President Donald Trump appears at Manhattan criminal court during jury deliberations in his criminal hush money trial in New York, on May 30, 2024.
    Former President Donald Trump appears at Manhattan criminal court during jury deliberations in his criminal hush money trial in New York, on May 30, 2024. The jury convicted him on all counts.
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    Federal Donald Trump's Conviction: 3 Takeaways for Educators
    The conviction gives educators a backdrop to discuss elections, the judicial system, and how to evaluate biases.
    Libby Stanford, May 31, 2024
    4 min read
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    Federal A Bipartisan Bill Aims to Boost AI Education for K-12 Teachers
    A new bill would create a grant program at the National Science Foundation focused on AI and K-12 schools.
    Alyson Klein, May 28, 2024
    4 min read
    From left, David Banks, chancellor of New York Public schools, speaks next to Karla Silvestre, President of the Montgomery Count (Md.) Board of Education, Emerson Sykes, Staff Attorney with the ACLU, and Enikia Ford Morthel, Superintendent of the Berkeley United School District, during a hearing on antisemitism in K-12 public schools, at the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, on May 8, 2024, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
    From left, David Banks, chancellor of New York City schools, speaks next to Karla Silvestre, president of the Montgomery County, Md., school board; Emerson Sykes, staff attorney with the ACLU; and Enikia Ford Morthel, superintendent of the Berkeley Unified school district in Berkeley, Calif., during a hearing on antisemitism in K-12 public schools, at the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, on May 8, 2024, in Washington.
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    Federal K-12 Leaders Denounce Antisemitism But Reject That It's Rampant in Schools
    Three school district leaders said they're committed to rooting out antisemitism during a hearing in Congress.
    Libby Stanford, May 8, 2024
    6 min read
    Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona testifies during a House Committee on Education and Workforce hearing on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, May 7, 2024, in Washington.
    U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona testifies during a House Committee on Education and Workforce hearing on Capitol Hill on May 7 in Washington.
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    Federal Miguel Cardona in the Hot Seat: 4 Takeaways From a Contentious House Hearing
    FAFSA, rising antisemitism, and Title IX dominated questioning at a U.S. House hearing with Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.
    Libby Stanford, May 7, 2024
    6 min read
    U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona speaks during Education Week’s 2024 ҹѰ Symposium at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va., on May 2, 2024.
    U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona speaks during Education Week’s 2024 ҹѰ Symposium at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va., on May 2, 2024.
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    Federal Arming Teachers Could Cause 'Accidents and More Tragedy,' Miguel Cardona Says
    "This is not in my opinion a smart option,” the education secretary said at an ҹѰ event.
    Mark Lieberman, May 2, 2024
    4 min read
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    Federal Opinion Should Migrant Families Pay Tuition for Public School?
    The answer must reflect an outlook that is pro-immigration, pro-compassion, and pro-law and order, writes Michael J. Petrilli.
    Michael J. Petrilli, May 2, 2024
    4 min read
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    Federal New Title IX Rule Could Actually Simplify Some Things for Districts, Lawyers Say
    School districts could field more harassment complaints, but they can streamline how they handle them, according to legal experts.
    Libby Stanford, May 1, 2024
    7 min read
    Demonstrators advocating for transgender rights and healthcare stand outside of the Ohio Statehouse on Jan. 24, 2024, in Columbus, Ohio. The rights of LGBTQ+ students will be protected by federal law and victims of campus sexual assault will gain new safeguards under rules finalized Friday, April19, 2024, by the Biden administration. Notably absent from Biden’s policy, however, is any mention of transgender athletes.
    Demonstrators advocating for transgender rights and healthcare stand outside of the Ohio Statehouse on Jan. 24, 2024, in Columbus, Ohio. The rights of LGBTQ+ students will be protected by federal law and victims of campus sexual assault will gain new safeguards under rules finalized Friday, April19, 2024, by the Biden administration. Notably absent from Biden’s policy, however, is any mention of transgender athletes.
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    Federal New Title IX Rule Has Explicit Ban on Discrimination of LGBTQ+ Students
    The new rule, while long awaited, stops short of addressing the thorny issue of transgender athletes' participation in sports.
    Libby Stanford, April 19, 2024
    6 min read
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    Federal Opinion 'Jargon' and 'Fads': Departing IES Chief on State of Ed. Research
    Better writing, timelier publication, and more focused research centers can help improve the field, Mark Schneider says.
    Rick Hess, April 8, 2024
    7 min read
    Stockton Unified School District's new electric bus fleet reduces over 120,000 pounds of carbon emissions and leverages The Mobility House's smart charging and energy management system.
    A new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency sets higher fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty vehicles. By 2032, it projects, 40 percent of new medium heavy-duty vehicles, including school buses, will be electric.
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    Federal Electric School Buses Get a Boost From New State and Federal Policies
    New federal standards for emissions could accelerate the push to produce buses that run on clean energy.
    Mark Lieberman, April 2, 2024
    3 min read