Books on the Department of Education

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

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


Failing Grades: The Federal Politics of Education Standards

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Summary. Presidents from two parties, supported by parents, teachers, and civic leaders have tried and generally failed to increase student achievement through federal policymaking.  Supposedly path-breaking legislation to “leave no child behind” has hardly made a dent in the problem.

What is going on? Well… (read more)