Publication Date: March 8, 2006
In this fascinating account, the author examines the politics of federal education policy through the lens of the most recent reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Using the epic battle that spanned two Congresses and two presidential administrations, this book illustrates the new dynamics of political interactions and policy formulation as they affect public education issues. Highlighting the polarization between the two parties and how it affected the outcome of the bill, this book:
Elizabeth H. DeBray is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of Georgia. She served as Program Analyst at the U.S. Department of Education, research assistant with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE), and research associate with the Civil Rights Project at Harvard.
“A fine blend of legislative history and political theory, enlivened by a huge treasure trove of interviews with Congressional and agency staff.”
— From the Foreword by Carl Kaestle, Brown University
“This book fills a glaring void in contemporary education scholarship. DeBray's analysis is sophisticated, reaching beyond the formal system to examine how various ‘extra’ system players, including think tanks and associations, partake in making federal education policy.”
James P. Spillane, Spencer T. & Ann W. Olin Chair in Learning and Organizational Change, Northwestern University