ISBN-10:
1612507964
ISBN-13:
9781612507965
Pub. Date:
03/01/2015
Publisher:
Harvard Education Press
Presidents, Congress, and the Public Schools: The Politics of Education Reform

Presidents, Congress, and the Public Schools: The Politics of Education Reform

by Jack Jennings, Michael J. Feuer

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Presidents, Congress, and the Public Schools: The Politics of Education Reform


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.

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ISBN-13: 9781612507965
Publisher: Harvard Education Press
Publication date: 03/01/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 949,592
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




CONTENTS

Foreward by Michael Feuer ix
Introduction 1

PART 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? 55

PART 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? 81

PART 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 141

PART 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 205

Conclusion 219
Appendix: Chronology of Major Events, 1948-2013 223
Notes 227
Acknowledgments 241
About the Author 243
Index 245

 


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!