To Educate a Nation Federal and National Strategies of School Reform

ISBN-10: 0700615431

ISBN-13: 9780700615438

Edition: 2007

Authors: Carl F. Kaestle, Alyssa E. Lodewick, Jeffrey R. Henig

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To Educate a Nation brings together the work of some of the most notable young scholars in the field of national education policy studies, focusing on the growing federal role in reform efforts; programs to provide equal educational opportunity; the changing relationships among federal, state, and local agencies; and the shifting boundaries between public and private sectors. Collectively, these essays provide a new and penetrating look at how education policymaking has changed over the past fifty years. Individually, they address such issues as desegregation, education choice, Title I, the National Defense Education Act, the politics of pre-K education, and Supreme Court decisions on equal opportunity--as well as how No Child Left Behind fits into the larger framework of debates over the standards-based reform movement. Developed over three years of seminars at Brown University, To Educate a Nation brings thematic and analytical coherence to the subject. Bridging historical and social science analyses, the contributors examine the interactions of federal initiatives with state and local practices as they highlight the complications inherent in American education today and provide a framework for grappling with its problems. Their insights expand our understanding of federal policy, national reform movements, and the changing nature of the polity in education--the institutions, traditions, and power relationships that define who has a voice in education policymaking and how they participate in it. For citizens and scholars alike, To Educate a Nation provides new ways to think about educational decision making in a federal system of governance, about unintended consequences of top-downpolicies, and about the continued resilience of state and local variation, clarifying how education policy is made in our unusual American system of shared governance and supplying an effective framework for understanding today's complex policymaking context.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Publication date: 9/13/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Carl F. Kaestle is University Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Education, History, and Public Policy at Brown University. He is author or editor of six books, including Literacy in the United States: Readers and Reading since 1880.

List of Abbreviations
The Federal Role and the National Arena of School Reform
Federal Education Policy and the Changing National Polity for Education, 1957-2007
Building the Federal Schoolhouse in Alexandria, Virginia: A Local Perspective on the Political Development of Education
Dismantling Education's "Iron Triangle": Institutional Relationships in the Formation of Federal Education Policy between 1998 and 2001
Intergovernmental Relations in Federal and National Education Policy
Challenges in Redistributing Resources across Local School Districts: Evidence from Title I and State School Finance Equalizations
A National Movement Comes Home: State Politics and Educational Accountability in the 1990s
State Responses to the No Child Left Behind Act: The Uncertain Link between Implementation and "Proficiency for All"
Equal Educational Opportunity
From Progressivism to Federalism: The Pursuit of Equal Educational Opportunity, 1915-1965
Rodriguez, Keyes, Lau, and Milliken Revisited: The Supreme Court and the Meaning of "Equal Educational Opportunity," 1973-1974
Policies and Programs in the Nation's Black High Schools: Are They Evidence Based?
The Public and Private Sectors in Education Policy
School Competition and the Emergence of Symbolism in a Market Environment
Where Does Preschool Belong? Preschool Policy and Public Education, 1965-Present
Contributors and Editors
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