Recommended Books On Federal Education Policy History

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Gareth Davies See Government Grow

Francis Adams, The Free School System of the United States (London, 1875)

David L. Angus and Jeffrey E. Mirel, The Failed Promise of the American High School, 1890-1995 (New York: Teachers College Press, April 1999)

David K. Cohen and Susan L. Moffit, The Ordeal of Equality: Did Federal Regulation Fix the Schools? (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009)

Gareth Davies, See Government Grow: Education Politics from Johnson to Reagan (University of Kansas Press, 2007)

Richard F. Fenno and Frank Munger, National Politics and Federal Aid to Education (Syracuse University Press, 1962)

Susan Levine School Lunch PoliticsChester E. Finn, Jr., Troublemaker: A Personal History of School Reform Since Sputnik (Princeton University Press, 2008). Read a review.

Robert V. Heffernan, Cabinetmakers: Story of the Three-Year Battle to Establish the U.S. Department of Education (Iuniverse, 2001).

Kevin R. Kosar, Failing Grades: The Federal Politics of Education (Lynne Rienner Press, 2005)

Kevin R. Kosar, Ronald Reagan and Education Policy (SIGP, 2011)

Susan Levine, School Lunch Politics: The Surprising History of America’s Favorite Welfare Program (Princeton University Press, 2008)

Paul Manna, Collision Course: Federal Education Policy Meets State and Local Realities (CQ Press, 2010)

Lawrence J. McAndrews, The Era of Education: The Presidents and the Schools, 1965-2001 (Urbana-Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2006)

Patrick McGuinn, No Child Left Behind and the Transformation of Federal Education Policy 1965-2005 (University Press of Kansas, June 2006)

Beryl A. Radin and Willis D. Hawley, Politics of Federal Reorganization: Creating the U.S. Department of Education (New York: Pergamon Books Inc., 1988).

Diane Ravitch, The Troubled Crusade: American Education, 1945-1980 (New York: Basic Books, 1985).

Diane Ravitch, National Standards in American Education: A Citizen’s Guide (Brookings Institution Press, 1996)

Gilbert E. Smith, The Limits of Reform: Politics and Federal Aid to Education, 1937-1950 (New York: Garland Publishing Company, 1982)

Joseph P. Viteritti, Choosing Equality: School Choice, the Constitution, and Civil Society (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 1999)

Bruce S. Cooper et al., ed. Handbook of Education Politics and Policy (Routledge: NY, 2008).