April 2015 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the landmark legislation that has provided the foundation of federal education policy in the United States. In Presidents, Congress, and the Public Schools, longtime policy analyst Jack Jennings examines the evolution of federal education policy and outlines a bold and controversial vision for its future.
Jennings brings an insider’s knowledge to this account, offering a vivid analysis of federal efforts in the education arena and revealing some of the factors that shaped their enactment. His rich descriptions and lively anecdotes provide pointed lessons about the partisan climate that stymies much federal policy making today. After assessing the impacts of Title I and NCLB, and exploring the variety of ways that the federal government has intervened in education, Jennings sets forth an ambitious agenda for reframing education as a federal civil right and ensuring that every child has the opportunity to learn.
|Publisher:||Harvard Education Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Jack Jennings is the founder and former CEO of the Center on Education Policy. He served for twenty-seven years as a subcommittee staff director and then as general counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor. Michael J. Feuer is the dean and professor of education at The George Washington University, and president of the National Academy of Education.
Table of Contents
CONTENTSForeward by Michael Feuer ixIntroduction 1PART 1 EQUITY AND THE ORIGINS OF ESEA CHAPTER 1 The Road to ESEA 15 CHAPTER 2 The Evolution of Title I, 1965-1978 29 CHAPTER 3 Regulatory Burdens Lead to Change, 1978-2015 43 CHAPTER 4 Was Title I Effective? 55PART II STANDARDS, TESTING, AND ACCOUNTABILITY CHAPTER 5 Standards, Testing, and Accountability Under Four Presidents 65 CHAPTER 6 Has the Standards, Testing, and Accountability Movement Been Effective? 81PART III OTHER FEDERAL POLICIES, AND A SUMMARY CHAPTER 7 IDEA and Bilingual Education 105 CHAPTER 8 School Busing, Title IX, and Free Speech in Schools 119 CHAPTER 9 Lessons Learned from Federal Involvement in Schooling 141PART IV FRESH THINKING ABOUT THE FEDERAL ROLE IN EDUCATION CHAPTER 10 The Greatest Problems in Schooling 159 CHAPTER 11 Federal Aid to Improve Teaching and Learning 185 CHAPTER 12 Constitutional and Legal Guarantees of a Good Education 205Conclusion 219Appendix: Chronology of Major Events, 1948-2013 223Notes 227Acknowledgments 241About the Author 243Index 245
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
While many argue that education is not a matter for the federal government, Jennings takes us back to the beginnings of federal involvement in public education in th United States. He then lays out a case for what education could be like and how we can get there. Although admittedly optomistic, one is left with the feeling that this improved federal role is possibly attainable. I'm ready to join forces with Mr. Jennings!