President Obama and Education Reform: The Personal and the Political [NOOK Book]

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President Obama and Education Reform offers a comprehensive description and analysis of President Obama's education agenda. The Obama administration has created numerous interlocking policies meant to foster class mobility and long-term economic growth through educational improvements. The administration has imposed the Common Core as de facto national standards, an innovation desired by reformers for decades. Through Race to the Top (RTT) funds, the administration has also encouraged the spread of teacher-level ...
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President Obama and Education Reform: The Personal and the Political

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Overview

President Obama and Education Reform offers a comprehensive description and analysis of President Obama's education agenda. The Obama administration has created numerous interlocking policies meant to foster class mobility and long-term economic growth through educational improvements. The administration has imposed the Common Core as de facto national standards, an innovation desired by reformers for decades. Through Race to the Top (RTT) funds, the administration has also encouraged the spread of teacher-level value-added data systems, encouraged the use of merit pay, and pushed states to help spread high-quality charter schools. Obama's reforms have drawn skepticism from supporters of traditional public schools. Robert Maranto and Michael McShane have a more positive view. They believe that the Obama-era reforms reflect long-term changes in ideology and technology which have led to successful innovation in both the private and public sector, and believe that Obama's personal background as a community organizer has informed his reform strategies for the better.
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"No president in modern history has made better use of the leverage that the federal government can bring to education reform than a former community organizer named Barack Obama. In President Obama and Education Reform, Robert Maranto and Michael Q. McShane look at the conditions – and tradeoffs – that led Obama to unleash unprecedented change in America's public schools." - Joe Williams, executive director of Democrats for Education Reform; author of Cheating Our Kids: How Politics and Greed Ruin Education

"Debates about the Obama education record usually involve volleys of charges and counter-charges, often originating in ideological bias or partisan posturing. It's about time someone examined actual evidence and weighed competing arguments fairly. That's what Maranto and McShane do here. They anchor their discussion of the Obama record in solid scholarship and a keen grasp of history, giving due weight to the complicated politics of education. Best of all, they write with clarity, style, and wry humor. I trust their book will become a staple for students of education policy and political science - but it's worthwhile reading for anyone trying to make sense of our national policies on public schooling." - Nelson Smith, founding president and CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

"Maranto and McShane get the point that most analysts miss: this is a period of immense creativity in education policy and practice, and the Obama Administration is a major force." - Paul T. Hill, Research Professor, Center on Reinventing Public Education, University of Washington

"Maranto and McShane present competing arguments clearly and fairly and use data and social science literature to examine these various views. What they find challenges many of the common beliefs people have about the education system and should make defenders of the status quo uncomfortable . . . Although dealing with complex arguments, the book is clearly written and easy to understand . . . Recommended." - Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137030948
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/16/2012
  • Series: Education Policy
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 200
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

ROBERT MARANTO is the 21st Century Chair in Leadership at the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas, USA.

MICHAEL Q. MCSHANE is a Research Fellow in Education Policy at the American Enterprise Institute.
Michael Q. McShane is a research fellow in education policy at the American Enterprise Institute.
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Table of Contents

PART I: THE INSTITUTIONAL AND THE PERSONAL
History and Policy
Myths, Pluralism, and the Educational Industrial Complex
Barack Obama: The Personal and the Political
PART II: THE POLICIES
Common Core: Backdoor National Standards
The Race to the Top
Obama's Accountability Inheritance - NCLB
Obama's Vision of Accountability - ESEA reauthorization
PART III: THE FUTURE
President Obama and the Future of Public Education
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