Reviewed by Kevin R. Kosar
This website is devoted to the history of federal education policy. Manna’s study of the No Child Left Behind Act is not a history of the law. Those wanting a sense of the political wrangling that produced NCLB ought to look here. So why bother to mention this book on this website?
Simple—Manna’s book instead focuses on the administration of education policy—a critical and often over-looked part of federal education policy.
Put generally, policy-making and policy analysis are highly regarded in the U.S. Plenty of universities have well-funded, high profile policy schools that funnel wonks into government. Politicians, meanwhile, may seize the mantle of statesman or law-maker (Solon!) by crafting sweeping legislation.