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An Education in Politics: The Origins and Evolution of No Child Left Behind

Jesse H. Rhodes


Since the early 1990s, the federal role in education—exemplified by the controversial No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)—has expanded dramatically. Yet states and localities have retained a central role in education policy, leading to a growing struggle for control over the direction of the nation's schools. This book explains the uneven development of federal involvement in education. While supporters of expanded federal involvement enjoyed some success in bringing new ideas to the federal policy agenda, the book argues, they also encountered stiff resistance from proponents of local control. Bu ... More

Keywords: education policy, federal involvement, local control, decentralized policies, federal reforms, civil rights activists, education experts, business leaders, No Child Left Behind Act, education system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801449710
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449710.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jesse H. Rhodes, author
University of Massachusetts Amherst